Friday, January 27, 2023

Terminal decline

 HS2 is, according to this week’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, going to travel all the way in to Euston Station. This seems to be news. It’s quite extraordinary there should be any doubt – except, of course, that the whole endeavour is a monumental waste of money.

Of all the billions squandered by Governments, few can be as extravagantly nonsensical as a railway line few people will ever use even if they could afford the inevitably sky-high fares.

HS2 was, is and always will be one of the most profligate wastes of money any Government (Tories and Labour are equally to blame) has yet devised.

The suggestion it might terminate five miles from central London is so unutterably ludicrous that even talk of it reveals the truly terrible ridiculousness of this profligate project. Even now, it would be better to scrap the whole thing, write off the fortune already wasted and find better things to do with our money.

If giving some of it back through the tax system is too much to ask then what about developing a secure energy supply before electricity rationing becomes a way of life?

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