A huge waste of taxpayer's money simply to cut a few minutes off the travelling time of midlands bosses to get to London at a time when, as Saint mentions, the internet is making this sort of travel less and less justifiable for businesses and the environment.

Saint posted:

With the internet and on line everything ... where's the future need for people to travel anywhere regularly

 

The cost and destruction is shameful

With the internet and on line everything... I feel strongly it is more important than ever that people travel. 

More and more people are hiding in their social media bubble, only following people who conform to and validate their opinions. As a result, we are becoming more polarized, less empathetic and less enquiring. 

No offense to you intended here @Saint 

 

 

Roxan posted:
Saint posted:

With the internet and on line everything ... where's the future need for people to travel anywhere regularly

 

The cost and destruction is shameful

With the internet and on line everything... I feel strongly it is more important than ever that people travel. 

More and more people are hiding in their social media bubble, only following people who conform to and validate their opinions. As a result, we are becoming more polarized, less empathetic and less enquiring. 

No offense to you intended here @Saint 

 

 

I agree Roxan How's your husband doing ?

No he is home, he is still under the care of a surgeon so they may still have to operate, but they have ruled out a tumor and hernia. He has more tests next week and is seeing the surgeon Friday. The last CT was still unclear due to swelling. It could be an autoimmune problem, other possibilities that would require surgery. It’s frustrating! 

Roxan posted:

No he is home, he is still under the care of a surgeon so they may still have to operate, but they have ruled out a tumor and hernia. He has more tests next week and is seeing the surgeon Friday. The last CT was still unclear due to swelling. It could be an autoimmune problem, other possibilities that would require surgery. It’s frustrating! 

Awww ...well at least they have ruled out tumours .......could it be something like crohns (which my daughter has), or maybe ulcerative colitis ? Whatever , I hope they can sort him out quickly 

Roxan posted:
Saint posted:

With the internet and on line everything ... where's the future need for people to travel anywhere regularly

 

The cost and destruction is shameful

With the internet and on line everything... I feel strongly it is more important than ever that people travel. 

More and more people are hiding in their social media bubble, only following people who conform to and validate their opinions. As a result, we are becoming more polarized, less empathetic and less enquiring. 

No offense to you intended here @Saint 

 

 

I can see your point @Roxan

I mean businesses who make up a lot of commuter miles.

They don't need to travel. Video conferencing is so easy.

Roxan posted:
Saint posted:

With the internet and on line everything ... where's the future need for people to travel anywhere regularly

 

The cost and destruction is shameful

With the internet and on line everything... I feel strongly it is more important than ever that people travel. 

More and more people are hiding in their social media bubble, only following people who conform to and validate their opinions. As a result, we are becoming more polarized, less empathetic and less enquiring. 

No offense to you intended here @Saint 

 

 

I think you're right Roxanne and that's a valid point overall, but what HS2 looks like is a white elephant that's geared toward 'heads of' in the Midlands shaving minutes off their journey to head offices in London and making Birmingham as a suburb of London.  I also think Brexit has polarised opinion greatly and independently of social media.

 

Given that our traditional print press is horrendously biased to the right-wing, I think social media is more of a freedom rather than a straight jacket.  Back on topic, I'm sure there are far better ways to improve our transport infrastructure than HS2.

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