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  1. Ah yes. A typical detailed and we'll put counter argument there. I'm more than aware now what you are and I'm not prepared to waste anymore of my time.
  2. Personally I couldn't care less. The whole "Northern Powerhouse" thing was just a willy waving contest between Leeds and Manchester anyway. After all the hot air between the city mayor's there was hardly any mention of any other city or town outside those two. Where is our own supposed regional mayor representation in all this. He's about as much use as a chocolate teapot. I note that one of the MPs in the article was complaining that it is more than just about trains. Well it isn't really is it. That's the only thing that people care about is the transport links. So the fact that the transport secretary is in the cabinet and is in charge of it is a good thing in my opinion. They may talk about region wide northshoring of corporate entities and economic equality and education and investment and devolution etc etc but we all know when you boil it down, that is just a two horse race between Leeds or Manchester to desperately try and whore themselves to become London 2. What's the positive in that for the rest of us? The increased number of people wanting to come to London 2 will mean better transport links for everybody else.
  3. So is the BBC's but you seem to be complaining about paying that despite CHOOSING to use its services.
  4. Well dont pay for it then. Nobody is forcing you. If you have been continuing to pay the licence fee when you dont have to that's your own stupid fault. Simple solution. Dont watch broadcast television services and you dont have to pay for a licence. The law is very clear. Maybe if you had put a fraction of the effort into finding out basic facts like that as you have with your clearly anti-bbc anti-public sector ranting you could have saved a lot of money.
  5. You might be thinking it but you will be completely inaccurate with your assumption.
  6. Like LBC??? - you seriously trying to compare a single radio station which is already owned by global media corporation to the vast multi-platform multi-channel and multi jurisdiction operations under the remit of the BBC. What the hell are you talking about. It's nothing like the same comparison. Unless you have a copy of Steve Wright's contract obligations you have no idea what parts of his own program he directly has influence upon. Even if he doesn't choose his own music - so what? The money earned by him is derived from how much people are prepared to pay for his talent. Brad Pitt and George Clooney don't write and produce the movie that they get paid to star in do they? Doesn't stop the paying public from wanting to see THEM not some behind the scenes staff does it. As for the rest of your guff about duplication - you completely fail to appreciate it us viewers and listeners that want that. You can't have regional programs and regional radio stations presented by a single person in a single location. Commercial stations are already tying that "networked" way of delivery and received much criticism for it from us very public. As a perfect example our own Hallam FM which only appears to have 1 to 2 shows a week which are actually broadcast from their Sheffield studio. The rest of the schedule is streamed in from Manchester or London or anywhere else where they feel convenient. Hardly great local content is it? Look at the fuss created over Look North and the supposed bias between the amount of Leeds stories vs Sheffield ones. Are you really trying to say that we would prefer an even more centralised approach to save money? Of course there are multiple presenters for news and weather across the network there has to be - how else do you think it's possible to get forecasts and bulletins delivered across numerous channels at different times and sometimes even in in different languages. It's all about the service that us public expect. We can't have it both ways. Yes of course there can be cuts to be made and I'm sure that this government will put pressure on the BBC to do so. However we have to face facts about whether we want a truly complete public broadcaster as we seem to demand or we lose it and are left with no option but the wholly commercialised and dumbed down ITV network. Let's see how many local radio stations they would be prepared to set up and run, how many religious services and educational programs would they broadcast, how many specialist interest programs do you think they will put on air, how many independent current affairs and consumer programmes do you think they will be prepared to put on air (particularly ones that are freely able to raise criticism of their potential advertisers).... All too easy to criticise until it's too late.
  7. It is. But if that's where the best jobs are - you go. If that's where the clients are - you travel. Its an ever globalised world is business. The days of us all living in cute little hamlets dealing with each other a short stroll from everywhere are long gone. As I have made out before, bearded hipsters in California may try to sell the concept that the entire world can be reached by just a few clicks whilst sat in your home armchair but for most of us, the reality is nothing like that.
  8. Its what I would prefer too. People who are prepared to get on with the job instead of desprately outdoing each other to be a "personality"
  9. Barnsley doesn't have a CITY centre. Stop dreaming. We all know you lot envy the status Sheffield has. To be fair though, your new market building, leisure complex and extra shopping units are looking good and will all be complete soon. You know, several years after Sheffield got theirs 😉
  10. Oops. I stand corrected. Late night and all that. Carry on everyone....
  11. What a very strange comment. For some parts of the outer reaches of Sheffield there are bus routes and even drives into the same city that take 40 minutes plus. Ask anyone down the South East and the average commute can be double or triple that time each way. Blimey, even one of my old jobs which was only located as near as a suburb in chesterfield took me nearly an hour each way from my house. Whilst I would get fully behind any incentive to get people working close to home, you have to be realistic.
  12. Perhaps the 'average' voter should get off their backside and do a bit of research, even maybe actually take some interest in the thing they are voting for so they can make an informed choice before going into the booth. Its dumbing down and quick synopsis attention grabbing headlined articles which has caused most the problem in the first place on both sides. Same old problem every time. Politics is boring. Politics is dull. Politics doesn't have flashy graphics and snappy theme tunes so nobody cares until they read about it in the papers after the event and suddenly they want an opinion. I bet people have done more forensic analysis on the latest love island airhead than have actually done any read up on the proposed deal. Anyway, a good start point is here:- https://www.parliament.uk/business/bills-and-legislation/ http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2020/1/enacted/data.htm
  13. Wow, how very judgemental of you. I certainly dont travel on the Master Cutler and know very well about the struggle of commuters. I do it. Try getting a seat on the 8.00 train to Manchester or even getting on board any of the peak services to Leeds. Not all my travel is long distance. I know full well that none of these projects will completed any time in my lifetime but perhaps im not completely selfish and care about infrastructure for the next generation. Despite all the futureologists guff the reality is that the the word of work is going to change that much as I have pointed out earlier. The digital revolution may work well for some but not all. There will always be demand for travel and ever increasing populations who need to do it. We are living and working longer. Demand will not stop and neither should progress. Its none of your business what and how I pay for my travel tickets and completely irrelevant to the points I am trying to make. But for the record, just because I am travelling for business does not mean that I throw around the company credit card without a care in the world. Since clients often pay for my travel (some of which are civil service) they certainly dont allow first class nor does my company - even for Directors. Like most sensible businesses it seeks out the cheapest fares and routes where feesibly possible. Its what all sensible people would do right? Yes, I would consider it highly likely that HS2 will have a costs premium just like most train fares do (why on earth do you think cheap tickets have travel restrictions) but that will be the balance most people will decide between either business need, personal convenience or necessity. Just like everyone does now. Is such circumstance any different than people now who have a choice between flying over catching the train or catching the train over going on the coach or going on the coach over catching multiple local buses? Since in my working life I make money when stat with clients not sat on trains, any increased costs that cuts travel down to bare minimum will likely be far outweighed by my chargeable billing. Simiarly, if someone CHOOSES to pay HS2 price for the conveinence of doing a leisurely day trip to london with a quick 1h 20 journey its for them to do so. I certainly would if it meant I could gain an extra 2 hours tourist time rather than sat on a train for longer. If someone chooses to start a job in Leeds because they can earn more than afford the HS2 premium which allows them a 10-15 minute commute time why shouldn't they do it. Nobody has ever said that HS2 was going to be an alternative to the other rail infrastrucure but its certainly going to be thing that kick starts the rest of the developments. Now since you are back in your box and asked for some examples, I will give you some. Sheffield to Maidstone was a recent one. A journey that took just under 4 hours in total each way. With HS2 I could have had a time reduction on the London section of the route to less than 90 minutes rather than the current times of anything up to 2 hours 20. That would give me more options of how to change and even more scope to schedule with the less frequent St Pancras HS1 route (another hour saved rather than the stopping service from Victoria). In other words, that 4 hours could drop to just 2.5 hours each way. When you are looking at working time, that could mean the difference between overnight accommodation costs or enough time to do the job in a 8 hour single day. What about other factors, London itself changes from being up before dawn starts to get to a 10am meeting, to leaving home at a civilised hour. Thinking more locally, enough with the 90 minute bone shakers into Leeds, anyone within a reasonable distance of Sheffield Station could be getting up there in estmiated times of 10-15 minutes. That opens up scope for job opportunities without the burden of the well lothed M1 commute. Extending that further, think about getting up to the North East, York or even Scotland. If one can reach leeds as a 'hub' in 15 minutes it would make a massive impacts to such overall journey times. Then we look at the capacity issue again. With more people going on HS2 that frees up space on the already jammed lines in the region. That gives scope to the increased number or faster localised services which is what everyone has been screaming for.
  14. The ones who live in the protective bubble of the M25 who hypocritically enjoy the spoils of TFLs fantastically cheap and efficient public transport, smugly hop on their easy, quick low carbon emitting train jaunts to Paris and Brussels and Amsterdam whilst seemingly taking all steps to derail (haha!) any attempts to bring that sort of heavy investment infrastructure northwards -just in case the contractors happen to break a twig or disrupt a few butterflies. ....those types of people. IMO corbynmentalists and (now former) REAL labour supporters are two very different things. Yes, I know there are a few exceptions but let's face it - Manchester is just desperately trying to be London 2 and Liverpool are so ingrained that they would vote for a turd wearing a red rosette.
  15. Yippie for the civil servants. Meanwhile back in the real world the rest of us don't all have the luxury options of sitting at home in our pants attending 'online meetings'. Some of us actually have to get out there and meet people face-to-face. Some of us have to go and inspect, interview and undertake work on sites. Some of us have to attend inquests and court hearings at many venues around the country (including London). This revolution of the online technology does not eliminate the need for travel. It does not replace the requirement for people required to physically be in the presence of or physically required to do actions on a site. Travel will always exist and there will always be ever increasing numbers of people doing it. People stupidly query 'what's the big deal about shaving 20-minutes off a journey to London''. But the entire project is so much more. As someone who has to train travel regularly it could make a massive difference. With the right connections and a combination of both HS2 and existing rail I may end up with an ability to shave off was previously a 3-4 hour journey into half the time. That in turn could make what would be another overnight stay in to a one day job. Add on the obvious benefit that it will improving the capacity on the existing rail network - it's about time we stop with the whining rhetoric and get behind such a project. Given the wholly disproportionate amount of money spent on travel in the South East it's damn right something is finally coming our way. I just hope the corbynmentalists and hug a tree brigade don't screw this up.
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