This cartoon by Mac from The Daily Mail relates to the unveiling by the UK government of plans for the next phase of the £32bn HS2 high-speed rail network. Phase one's London-Birmingham link has faced considerable opposition. The preferred route of phase two goes north from Birmingham along two branches, with new stations at Toton near Nottingham, Sheffield, Leeds, Manchester and Manchester Airport. Read more >>
The cartoon shows a commuter waiting for a train in his living room, which has been transformed into a station platform. His wife, who is sitting in an armchair beside the fire, tells him, 'Look on the bright side. You don't have to drive to the station any more.'
Although the cartoon is meant to be funny, it does highlight a more serious consequence of the proposed high-speed rail link. Communities living near the new route will have their lives disrupted, and even if they stand to receive compensation from the government, many householders are very angry about the plans. In fact, the legal battles could delay the project by up to ten years.
If you tell someone to look on the bright side, you want them to consider the positive aspects of a negative situation. • Look on the bright side. Things could have been a lot worse. You only lost half your money. Monty Python's Life of Brian featured a song entitled "Always look on the bright side of life".