HS2 and Public Sector Pay on Question Time

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.

 

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HS2: “A white elephant on wheels”

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.

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From the Archives: Cornish objections to HS2

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.

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