A FORMER Labour rail minister has backed the scrapping of the latest proposal for a Glasgow Airport Rail link as a “poor use of public money”. Tom Harris said a much-mooted £144million tram-train service from Central Station to Abbotsinch would not be “viable” without long-dropped plans for a Crossrail connecting railway systems north and south of the Clyde. The former Glasgow South MP was speaking after an expert report was revealed suggesting that the link would do more economic harm than good.
A FORMER Labour rail minister has backed the scrapping of the latest proposal for a Glasgow Airport rail link, describing the planned project as a “poor use of public money”. Tom Harris said a much-mooted £144 million tram-train service from Central Station to Abbotsinch would not be “viable”without long-dropped plans for a rail connection to link the systems north and south of the Clyde.
Has he gone? Or has he not? An unease settled over Zimbabweans yesterday as a ruler they had thought had been deposed re-appeared in public. Robert Mugabe emerged from house arrest to attend, of all things, a university graduation ceremony. A yellow tassel flopped from a blue mortar board over his face. Mr Mugabe, despite his revolutionary strongman image outside Zimbabwe, is a lawyer not a street fighter. That has not necessarily made his nearly four decades in power easier for his people.
@Soulstorm99@Trollersimmons At real risk of sounding condescending, if you want to dupe someone, one of the best ways is to lure them in to thinking they are specially capable of insight, that they can see through the mainstream etc. Back in my day, back in the USSR, these people were called 'useful idiots'
@AuldGrannie Yeah. I doubt I would ever get my own show Auld Granny. But I would rather drive an Uber than shill for a regime where journalists wind up murdered and "separatists' wind up in jail. Or dead.
@Soulstorm99@Trollersimmons Och, David. We really, really need to help folk like you develop resilience to propaganda, or we'll end up in a Trump situation. Make your own mind up? Sure. But check out propaganda monitors like Bellingcat. Coz most of us lack skills to see through subtle disinformation.
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