After the recent House of Lords report saying the financial case for HS2 has not been made, the political battle lines are once again beginning to take shape. Although there is general cross-party support for HS2, there are various factions in each party who are against this proposal, and certainly a large number in the House of Lords. One can’t help wondering how many of these public-spirited representatives might own land and/ or properties that may adjoin or be affected by the progress this country so desperately needs.
As a nation we look on with affectionate pity as the trainspotting anorak brigade assemble at weekends to compare notes. We seem completely unable to let go of the nostalgia of steam. Add that to the traditional UK approach to progress, ‘not in my backyard’ and ‘let’s form a committee, lodge a protest and immediately set up a petition’, and middle-England Victor Meldrew lives on.