Inflatable white elephant carried by HS2 protestors
A NEW white elephant is needed to fight what many believe will go on to be one.
The Stop HS2 movement’s mascot, Ellie the white elephant, is showing significant signs of wear and tear and the group needs money to replace her.
It is hoping for donations from the public to ensure a new inflatable Ellie will be present to blow her trunk at those planning to build the High Speed rail line.
In a statement, Stop HS2 said: “Her presence at an event attracts lots of people who want to find out more about HS2, and why we think HS2 is a white elephant.
“She’s been photographed for many newspapers and filmed for TV, helping us to inform more people about the downsides of HS2.
“Sadly, Ellie has now developed as many holes as the HS2 Ltd business case: she needs to be constantly pumped full of hot air if she is to remain standing.
“We’ve tried patching Ellie up, but just like the patches on the HS2 case, these don’t really help.
“A new Ellie will cost £2,804 – including a blower to pump her up.
“In addition to a new Ellie, we have a number of other plans which will need funding, such as printing leaflets for the Labour Party conference and for when phase two is announced.”
If you would like to donate to help buy a new Ellie you can send a cheque made payable to Stop HS2, c/o Roger Waller, Treasurer, The Outlook, Dunsmore, Wendover, Bucks HP22 6QJ.