Through the bullsh1t and bluster there appeared a great light...
Newsnight's shock revelations that #HS2 will benefit some areas and not others will go directly into my "No shit, Sherlock" folder.
— James Gleave (@jamesgleave1) October 19, 2013
UPDATE: An open rant from The Rantiquarian...
Dear devoted supporters of HS2.
On BBC News 24 today we learned that building HS2 will turn Aberdeen and Cambridge into third world economic deserts.
This is the first time I have ever seen the economic disbenefit card played so blatantly.
Perhaps it is true - maybe when the Stockton & Darlington opened it caused starvation in Losthwithiel and Barrow-in-Furness...but I have never heard anyone mention it as part of a campaign.
The BBC report had everything - figures from an official report, hints of down-playing, a leaden-footed Minister failing to bring any energy to it, a bloke from Cambridge dishing out lucid special pleading.
HS2 was 100% back-footed.
Do they actually WANT to build this thing - from my TV it is hard to discern much energy or direction.
I know that many of you are in touch with HS2. I am not.
Can't anyone get them to raise their game?
UPDATE: This from the Archbishop of Walney...
Here on the Furness Riviera we are overcome with excitement at Barrow being featured in Railway Eye on consecutive days.
I wonder if I might make a small observation on the Rantiquarian’s comment?
When the Stockton and Darlington opened Barrow was but a tiny hamlet on the coast opposite the islands of Furness. Within twenty years or so it was on the way to becoming the centre of industrial and engineering excellence we know today.
The Rantiquarian's example should be used as the clinching argument for HS2!