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.
HS2 came up on Question Time again this week, and well, it didn’t go down well again, this time in Stockport, another place that is meant to be ‘benefiting’ from HS2 by probably losing some of its’ trains…
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.
This week, the subject of HS2 came up on the BBCs Question Time. As when it has come up before, it didn’t exactly get rousing support, with even the leader of the Scottish Conservatives Ruth Davidson MSP straying from the party line.
When this was filmed, the cost of HS2 construction was supposed to be £42 billion, but since the 2015 Autumn Statement the overall cost now stands at £55 billion.
Cutting out the politicians’ spin, how the public in Cornwall responds to HS2.
BBC Question Time, 31st October 2013.