TINAAR (This is not about a railway) is a standpoint. TINAAR sees HS2 within the interconnected social, political and ecological crises. TINAAR therefore views the anti-HS2 campaign as part of ​​the wider struggles against capitalism, colonialism and oppression, both globally and within the UK.

TINAAR as a website is a space for critical thinking and dialogue, where connections can be developed to build a broader movement of resistance – one which tackles the root causes of oppression.

TINAAR seeks to do this through a process of collective learning by giving a platform to ideas and works that may:

– make links and actively build solidarity with other campaigns and struggles, in the UK and internationally.

– actively combat oppression, through being aware of privilege, avoiding assumptions and promoting liberation.

– recognise all states as inherently violent. In HS2, the state’s role in facilitating corporate profit is made clear, as is the lack of autonomy that communities have.

– support a diversity of tactics and rejects the assumption that any one tactic alone is superior. TINAAR is also a space for exploration and critique of tactics within and beyond the anti-HS2 campaign.

– use the platform as a generative space for questions and ideas that can be put into practice within resistance.


If the ideas that have been written about so far on the website resonate with you, engage with the discussions. The values outlined above are the beginning, and TINAAR wants any contributions that feel they share similar values. However, we also want work that constructively criticises them to further develop understandings of the struggle against oppression and HS2’s place within that.

TINAAR the website is organised through an editorial collective. This is comprised of people who have been an active part of the resistance to HS2. When you send us things, we’ll be in touch to talk about your work a bit. This isn’t necessarily about changing spelling – we hope it will be a dynamic process of questioning, suggesting, and bouncing ideas back and forth. We see knowledge as something that is produced collectively. So, we also encourage contributors to work with/share their work with others.

Furthermore, while we want anyone to write in, we want to highlight work from people that are marginalised and voices that are sidelined. We want work from people of all different cultural, class, and educational backgrounds; work that isn’t necessarily ‘academic’. When we say ‘work’, we mean articles, comics, rants, art, interviews, book reviews, etc. We don’t want anyone to feel like TINAAR isn’t a place for them just because they don’t write a certain way. Having an editorial collective is about support and working together, not about making some kind of test to pass. Also, feel free to ask us for support or advice in writing/making work if you want it.

We can’t wait to see what you’ve got.

Please submit to us! Send your articles/comics/rants/art/videos/essays/interviews/reviews/whatever to us at thisisnotaboutarailway@protonmail.com

Don’t do the cops’ work for them – send work securely! [See below]


Secure submissions:

> Close all your background apps, maybe even restart your device.

> Use a VPN, a secure browser such as Tor, and search engines such as DuckDuckGo or Startpage.com.

> Use a secure email such as Protonmail or Riseup

> use strong passwords (and a password manager like KeePassXC or Bitwarden if you need)

> Write/save work on secure programmes. Cryptpad, Crabgrass and Riseup are all encrypted online programmes (and they all have good options for collaborative working too). Or you can install programmes like LibreOffice instead of Microsoft Office, or Gimp instead of Photoshop.

> Don’t include names or faces in any work. If your work includes your name/face, or you have someone else’s informed consent to use their name/face, then let’s talk about it. TINAAR is not a place for careerism, but for the education of our communities and movement. Please don’t include incriminating details, or any information that could be used to figure out who you’re talking about.

> here are some pages with useful guides to online security:
https://riseup.net/en/security (riseup also provides secure email, mailing list and VPN services)