Courtesy of my commenter Tom Tom, yet another link to peruse - and one well worth a read, which begins:
"America has two national budgets, one official, one unofficial."
It is not being intimated that the UK has two budgets, but it does raise the question just what, exactly, is done and takes place in our name and on our supposed behalf by our governments and their ALMOs? Just how much do we not know, or are not told?
The question is not asked in respect of decisions that may be taken to negate a military threat to our country, but is asked in respect of national policy (or what is presented to us as national policy by our governments) such as, for instance, transport. Regular readers will be aware that I have posted previously here, here and even way back here, about the EU Trans-European Network - Transport (TEN-T) and HS2 but had been unable to link the two together - until now that is.
I have managed to unearth a consultation document issued by Andrew Price, Trans-European Network Policy and Programme Europe, International and Better Regulation Division, Department for Transport dated 27th July 2010, entitled European Commission Consultation on the future Trans-European Network – Transport (TEN-T) Policy. If anything showed that any UK government is not fully in control of our transport plans, point 2 (page 1) of the overview confirms this:
"The Commission is seeking views about the methodology for reviewing the current TEN-T programme, its policy objectives and the TEN-T financing instruments. The UK consultation enclosed in this letter incorporates the issues raised by the Commission together with specific questions which are solely relevant to the future UK TEN-T network."
but I digress.
Reference to the previous links shows the TEN-T map of the envisaged transport network and the section with which we are most concerned about is the proposed network linking Northern Ireland to the Continent. HS2 has always been presented by the Coalition as a British idea and has never made any reference to EU requirements. Yet on page 12 of the Consultation Paper, amongst the Consultees is none other than HS2 - which begs the question why, if HS2 is not a requirement of the TEN-T envisaged network, would they be consulted? Page 31 of the Consultation Paper helpfully shows the UK TEN-T routes and the following page states:
"The high-speed rail network, whether using current or new technology, shall comprise:And HS2 is necessary for the good of Britain? Yeah, right.........................
specially built high-speed lines equipped for speeds generally equal to or greater than 250 km/h;
specially upgraded high-speed lines equipped for speeds of the order of 200 km/h;
specially upgraded high-speed lines or lines specially built for high speed and connected to the high-speed rail network which have special features as a result of topographical or environmental, relief or town-planning constraints, on which speed must be adapted individually."