SIR – There is now so much doubt about the merits of HS2 that the project should be abandoned immediately before any more money is wasted. The savings could be used to improve current transport, while investment in the North could be encouraged through tax breaks. John Roberts SIR – The Government should cancel the vanity project that is HS2, which is now expected to cost £100 billion. Just some of the money saved could be used to provide high-speed broadband throughout Britain, which would transform the economy. Trust in our Government – and politicians in general – is at an all-time low. They could restore some of it with such an enlightened decision. Paul Chetwynd-Talbot... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium Access one Premium article per week Register for free … [Read more...] about Letters: Britain can have better transport without wasting more money on HS2
Tom Welsh Follow 16 February 2019 • 3:00pm The prize for the most vacuous, the most cynical campaign in British politics today must surely go to those demanding that 16 year-olds be given the vote. No good reason is ever offered for doing so. Yes you can join the Army or get married at 16, but only with parental permission. Elsewhere the trend is going in the other direction. I’m old enough to remember when the minimum age you could buy cigarettes was 16. You can’t even leave full-time education now until 18. Nevertheless, an unholy alliance of Remainers and the Left love the idea because they erroneously think it would give them a permanent electoral advantage. They look at the self-important children who played truant on Friday to shout... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week … [Read more...] about Three good reasons the voting age should be raised to 21
Radio Sputnik has discussed the issue with Dr Reinhold Gärtner, professor at the Department of Political Science at the University of Innsbruck. Sputnik: Is there generally a problem with integration between migrants of various faiths and the local population in Austria? © AFP 2018 / Giovanni ISOLINOAustria Refuses to Accept Migrants Who Landed in Sicily – ReportsReinhold Gärtner: Well, on the one hand, parts of the Austrian population or the European population have widespread prejudices towards foreigners in general and these prejudices are strengthened by especially right-wing politicians and media. On the other hand, the confrontation with other cultures leads to disturbances on both sides and we all have to try to eliminate these disturbances. One problem you pointed out is the question of integration and I would say the main problem is that measures … [Read more...] about ‘Migrants Have to Accept Rules of Law in Host Countries’
Janet Daley Follow 16 February 2019 • 1:13pm The Brexiteers have been outplayed. The government has now effectively ensured that the only choice on 29 March will be between Brexit in Name Only and no Brexit at all. It has even managed to make the European Research Group – the only party in this farrago which has at least been consistent in its policy and coherent in its aims (whether or not you agree with them) – appear irresponsible precisely because they have insisted on being consistent and coherent (whether or not you agree…etc). The ERG has always said that it would be a catastrophic negotiating mistake to rule out the possibility of “no deal”. In last week’s Meaningless Vote, they refused to support a motion that would have ruled... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only … [Read more...] about We’re heading for the great Brexit trap – so why not stay in and wreck the EU instead?
Sputnik has discussed Saudi-Israeli relations with Dr Kobi Michael, a senior research fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies at Tel Aviv University and former deputy director general and head of the Palestinian desk at the Ministry for Strategic Affairs. Sputnik: Do you think there has been a serious improvement in this alliance that you're saying has already existed, post-summit that took place in Warsaw? © AP Photo / Petr David JosekPence Lashes Out at EU for ‘Undermining’ Iran Sanctions, Buying Arms From Eastern StatesDr Kobi Michael: First of all we have to differentiate between Saudi Arabia and the rest of the Arab countries, mainly the Gulf States. Saudi Arabia is the most important one because it is the biggest and the most powerful country there in the Gulf; and I think that the Warsaw summit is something that actually proves that the relations are already there. They became … [Read more...] about US Wants ‘Arab NATO’ to Preserve Its Interests in Mideast