It was always obvious that the fix was in:
The High-Speed 2 rail link has descended into chaos after the deputy chairman of a Government-commissioned review issued a withering attack on its own draft findings.
Lord Berkeley demanded his name is removed from the report after it endorsed the project, despite saying costs may spiral out of control and breach the current estimate of £88bn.
Review chairman Doug Oakervee has given the scheme his backing according to a leaked version of the study, despite warning the economic benefits of the rail network will be less than hoped.
Lord Berkeley, deputy chairman of the review, refused to support Mr Oakervee’s findings or recommendations and threatened to publish an alternative report of his own.
In a letter to Mr Oakervee, who was previously chairman of HS2 itself,
But perhaps the fix wasn’t enough? We can hope of course…..fun to see the argument at least, even if it doesn’t cause the righteous cancellation of the whole thing.