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A vote of confidence Earlier this week, the House of Commons debated the future of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link. Alastair McLellan listened in.

his debate has seen the House at its most facile. It has consisted almost entirely of a series of clichs and trite remarks about the strategic plan [for the Channel Tunnel Rail Link], the need to send messages and national pride. All those points were synthesised in a series of mini sound bites which honourable members uttered for the benefit of their local newspaper before they sharply and shortly left the Chamber.

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