David Cameron’s fightback on HS2 is expected to continue with a speech at the CBI conference today. This is part of a last ditch attempt by the government to shout down opposition to HS2 and bolster support for the plan, after so many commentators saw through the spin in last week’s Strategic Case for HS2.
With statements from Patrick McLouglin that building a fourth London-Midlands railway was “one of the most potentially beneficial, but also challenging infrastructure projects on the planet”, the hyperbole around HS2 gets even more stratospheric.
At the CBI conference today, David Cameron is expected to accuse people opposed to HS2 of “playing politics with Britain’s prosperity” and “betraying everyone north of Watford”.
With opposition to HS2 being 55% in the Midlands, according to YOuGov’s poll last week, 53% in the North and 64% in the Scotland, it’s clear that ordinary people “north of Watford” don’t want HS2.