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HS2: 'It's Stolen My Time & Things I'd Promised Myself For 40 Years'

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5:51am 1st August 2016
(Updated 9:31am 17th August 2016)

A man who's lost his retirement to fighting HS2 in Buckinghamshire says he's also lost faith in democracy.

Stan Mason is 79 and has been talking to us about his life as a campaigner and why he got involved.

He said:

"When I was made aware of the cost and the business case and the damage to the environment, I realised I was in a position to do something about it.

"So, spurred on by my wife, that's what I've done."

Stan, who lives in Holmer Green, just over a mile from where the construction site will be, went along to one meeting in Amersham and 'fell into it' as he put it.

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Since then he's been to many, many meetings all across the country, staged rallies and been forced to leave a protest he and a colleague staged at a polling station.

But said that the government seems to have ignored what regular people and experts say, and that's meant he's lost faith in democracy:

"In effect, they are able to override democracy, despite proof to the opposite.

"It just shows that they can ride rough-shot over the facts."

Listen to Dan's full report here:

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