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.
On Monday 11th February, Dispatches on Channel 4 will be covering HS2. If the title of the programme “HS2 the Great Train Robbery” wasn’t enough of a giveaway, here Dispatches reporter Liam Halligan explains to Kelvin MackKenzie what he found.
A fortnight ago, former chair of HS2 Ltd Sir Terry Morgan, admitted that ‘nobody knows’ what HS2 will end up costing, and as part of preparing the ground for either descoping or another cost increase, he warned that ‘something has to give. Here are the highlights.
Politicians and businessmen on Any Questions come up with alternative ways to spend £55billion other than HS2.
HS2 will be paid for by taxpayers’ money.
This is a video that every politician who supports HS2 really needs to watch.
The IEA are spot on with this analysis
Mark Littlewood of the Institute of Economic Affairs gives his view on HS2
Never one to mince his words, Dennis Skinner launched a blistering attack on Chris Grayling this week, for his continued support of 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.