ponce on the heath wrote:
HS2 is something you obviously feel very strongly about Tubby!
I've got to admit I don't know anything about it and it doesn't (as far as I know) affect me, so my default position is as always, opposite the NIMBYs. Had the privilege of listening to Ch5 news while eating dinner (we'd run out of meth and Heat magazines) and they seemed very much against it, complete with a disabled SadFace resident who's garden backed onto the planned line. Moving it was.
Sorry, I am banging on. It wasn't just the usual rubbish of sadfaces living near the line. It was the FT's onslaught that wound me up.
The FT trumped Channel 5 by featuring someone who bought 2 flats near Euston and can't sell them. She'll merely have to stick tenants in them, at a time when rents are booming.
Aside from what I think are practical benefits, I think there are intangible benefits. That state of the art projects that work restore a sense of the state as good (though of course it's all contracted out), in a "fuck off, Taxpayers' Alliance way. And I can imagine kids seeing it and wanting to be engineers.
A friend of mine suggested a ban on libertarians from using big infrastructure projects.