Maybe the line will bring development to many parts of Kent, but those of us who live here would like to have been asked whether we wanted it. Consulting the people is an old-fashioned concept called democracy. It is quite nostalgic to remember that Britain once took a pride in this rather outmoded concept.
Sir Alastair is right, however, to call us nitwits.
When the Channel Tunnel Bill was before Parliament both the then Secretary of State for Transport (the late Lord Ridley) and British Rail promised that there would be no high-speed rail link.
Some of us country bumpkins were nitwitted enough to think they would keep their word.
Rector of Cuxton and Halling
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