Wigan MP Lisa Nandy said she couldn’t justify HS2 to her constituents, Jacob Rees-Mogg MP said he would cancel it immediately, and with the exception of just one person there was no love for HS2 on Valentines Day, as the BBC Question Time audience in Aylesbury said the money earmarked for it should be spent in the North instead.
Mark Littlewood of the Institute of Economic Affairs gives his view on HS2
For the last two weeks, HS2 has come up on BBC Question Time, both times being mentioned as something which could be cut to help pay for public sector pay increases. Jacob Rees Mogg and Nick Ferarri have basically made the same point, that if you don’t want to increase borrowing or taxes, then to increase Government spending on one item, something else has to go, so why not pick the most useless item of Government spending?
We’ve added these clips to our playlist of the times HS2 has got a kicking on Question Time.
Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt has reopened the debate about HS2, questioning whether it is worthwhile spending the money on it when cash is desperately needed for public services.
Here’s how this was covered by Roberto Perrone on BBC Three Counties Radio;
In the BBC Debate last week, both Ukip & The Green Party very much stuck to their guns, pointing out that HS2 is simply an extravagance.
When Phase 1 of HS2 got Royal Assent, there as lots of media coverage. This is just one of those pieces, from Radio 5 Live.