Am I right to believe that the term 'HS2' stands for 'Horse Shit Second Class'? Of course, I will surprise no-one by admitting immediately that I know nothing - zilch, nada, nul - about high-speed railway construction, dammit, I couldn't even put together a toy train-set for 'SoD' when he was a nipper! However, at my ripe old age I do have nightmares that wake me up sweating in the night about other grandiloquent schemes that politicians insisted on inflicting on us over the years. This one, however, is of an altogether different order of magnitude.
Just the fact that a considerable length of it will plough through hitherto solidly Tory-voting constituencies causing havoc and anxiety amongst the voters concerned is enough to make you wonder at the average brain-cell count amongst the Tory cabinet. Do they truly believe that the end result, that people from London can get to Manchester half an hour earlier (assuming the unions are not on strike!) will make the slightest difference? In any case, who in their right mind would want to go to Manchester in the first place when they can sit at home and open one of those neat little computer-thingies with an attached camera and loud-speaker and chat away for a few bob?
Also, the fact that two of the main contractors to the project are already suffering with severe financial woes does not fill one with confidence! If, when the Tories lose power, any former cabinet minister gets a fat job with an even fatter salary on the board of any business linked to this farce, it might actually provoke me to calling for bonfires to be lit and ex-ministers placed on top of them!