Political parties have totally lost touch with the public

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When I saw the article ‘Call for HS2 plan rethink’ (Star, October 24) I thought for one moment that common sense had prevailed and Sheffield Council leader Coun Julie Dore had realised the £46 billion plus cost of this unnecessary project could be better spent.

Unfortunately, Coun Dore was expressing her wish that the Government should reconsider its current plan to put Sheffield’s HS2 station at Meadowhall instead of the city centre. Also in The Star on the same day, South East Sheffield MP Clive Betts was enthusing about the benefits HS2 will bring to cities like Sheffield and the possibility of a further HS3 line from Manchester to Leeds. The Deputy Prime Minister Sheffield Hallam MP Nick Clegg also stated (Star Oct 27) that claims have been laid to rest once and for all “by those who don’t believe high speed rail should pass through South Yorkshire” as “detailed analysis shows this is vital for the Yorkshire economy”. It is easy to see why the public do not trust the politicians as again they are not listening to the majority who do not consider the wide-scale destruction of our countryside and the loss of homes and businesses is justified merely to shave 20-30 minutes off journey times. When will they understand that while ever they go on ignoring public opinion the three main political parties will continue to lose votes and the electorate will embrace the ‘winds of change’ by voting for UKIP. While they may be far from perfect, they offer the only alternative to three parties who have lost touch with the British people, put their personal ambitions before the country and who make promises they have no intention of delivering. The Conservatives, Labour and Lib Dems may well be in for a big shock come the General Election.

Susan Richardson

Westminster Crescent, Lodge Moor, S10