ON Tuesday we were invited up to Coleshill to hear Transport Secretary Phil Hammond on the new High Speed rail link, HS2.
It was the same day that the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne was coming underfire for plans to cut child benefits.
This morning, Foreign Secretary William Hague was talking about the billions of pounds this country owes in debt and yet here we are proposing the construction of a rail link for, let’s face it, the well to do to whisk between the Midlands and London.
The construction costs are going to be massive and the likelihood is that the line will simply increase the funnel effect sucking everything to the south east.
The existing service, whilst not perfect, isn’t bad and increasing capacity on it would be a cheaper and relatively easy fix.
I don’t necessarily buy the need for ever greater speed either.
Events are moving quickly though - the advertised start date for HS2 is 2017, a mere seven years away.
If the protesters don’t convince Mr Hammond, the likelihood is HS2 will literally be railroad through, no matter what the cost in terms of cash and damage.