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An MP has just asked whether the British Government will comply with what it has promised the world:

“Article 4: Each State Party to this Convention recognizes that the duty of ensuring the identification, protection, conservation, presentation and transmission to future generations of the cultural and natural heritage referred to in Articles 1 and 2 and situated on its territory, belongs primarily to that State.  It will do all it can to this end,to the utmost of its own resources and, where appropriate, with any international assistance and co-operation, in particular, financial, artistic, scientific and technical, which it may be able to obtain.”

But no, the answer was not “Yes, we’ll comply as we’ve promised” it was that they’d merely “have regard” to it. Which everyone knows means they won’t comply – else why use those words?

But that’s not news. The simple fact they are proposing a short tunnel means they intend to break their promise. Only a long tunnel would involve not damaging the World Heritage landscape and that is well within our resources. The bribe to the DUP would cover it – or a two hundred and fiftieth of Trident. The truth is, we could easily afford to protect Stonehenge and no amount of tricky words by Ministers, Highways England or their heritage yes-bodies can cover that up.

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