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Ray Winstone: Scrap HS2 And Build Hospitals Instead

Monday 31st March 2014

Ray Winstone told LBC he is furious the government is spending billions of pounds on HS2 while they are closing hospitals.

The screen legend is starring in the hit film Noah, alongside Russell Crowe and Emma Watson, which premieres in London tonight.

Speaking to James O'Brien, he said he feels the government are guilty of fraud for failing to carry out their manifesto promises.

He said: "It's not the amount of tax you pay, it's what you get in return for it.

"They are closing fire stations, we've got not enough police on the streets - not that I always want a lot of police on the streets.

"We keep getting kidded that the National Health Service is running alright. It's not. I know that from experience with my father being in there. I've seen it. So don't kid to me that my taxes are going in the right place because it's not.

"They want to build a new railway to get us to Birmingham 15 minutes earlier and spend billions of pounds on that. Not for me - it's build a hospital, it's make sure our education is proper and kids go to school and learn something.

"If I'm going to pay the amount of tax that we all pay, I'd like to see where it goes and have it spent on the things that we all want it spent on."

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Mr Winstone, star of award-winning films like Nil By Mouth and The Departed, said the way people in power are corrupted can be seen in his part of Tupal-cain in Noah.

He added: "I'm English and I love living here, but some of the people [in charge]...

"It's the same thing as Tupal-cain, you give a man power and they abuse that power.

"Some of the things they do, they are supposed to be respresenting us. I think some of these people need to be held accountable. It's fraud.

"They say they are going to attempt to do something and they never even attempt to do it. For me, that's fraud." 

Watch the full interview with Ray Winstone below