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OK, so this is bullshit

He said: “Removing this link is about ensuring that we’ve left no stone unturned when it comes to working with our Scottish counterparts to find a solution that will best serve the great people of Scotland.”

Just look at the language being used. It’s bullshit. The TCW guide to political PR. The more you waffle about “no stone unturned” and “great people” the more your statement is bullshit.

12 thoughts on “OK, so this is bullshit”

  1. In the great scheme of this pointless shitshow, £3bn is barely a drop in the bucket. If one is determined to bankrupt the country and ruin huge swathes of the landscape to keep Tory donors busy then do it properly.

  2. I’m not sure how cancelling this part of HS2 “hobbles the value” of the project, there’s no value to it. It’s a solution to a 1990s problem that’s already been solved by mobile phones and the internet.

    The cancellation is probably just a recognition of the fact that the Scots are liable to bugger off anyway, so there’s no point in being connected to them.

  3. Do the Scotch feel the wicked English’ll need the railway to supply their evil attempt to Ukrainise the noble Scottish drive to free themselves from Westminster’s tyranny? So that’s why they don’t want it!!!

    But surely the British army’s transport system isn’t that fucked up.

  4. I’m not sure how cancelling this part of HS2 “hobbles the value” of the project, there’s no value to it. It’s a solution to a 1990s problem that’s already been solved by mobile phones and the internet.

    Agreed. Hobbles the value meaning “slightly reduces the cost of this enormous White Elephant”.

  5. Arthur the cat,

    “The cancellation is probably just a recognition of the fact that the Scots are liable to bugger off anyway, so there’s no point in being connected to them.”

    It’s more your first point. Everyone’s caught up on using internet to do work with Covid. That’s had huge impact on revenues. Other than a few train nuts, no-one thinks commuting is going to return to where it was. It’s going to continue to fall between now and when HS2 opens because of rising costs of people, more innovation and gradually dealing with the last of the organisations holding out.

  6. Bloke in the Fourth Reich

    There is already at least one iteration of Worstall’s law but I forget what it is.

  7. Bloke in the Fourth Reich

    “Any organization will, in the end, be run by those who stay awake in committee.”

  8. Meh. I never really believed the high-speed line would make it to Glasgow anyway. For many reasons: 1) the backlash (“NIMBYism”, if you want to call it that) would be so strong that the whole thing would run out of steam (heh) before Manchester; 2) the Holyrood experiment has moved Scotland’s centre of gravity away from Glasgow, where most of the people are, towards Edinburgh, where all of the politicians are (airport rail link, cancelled; Subway extension, nope; pointless tram line that nobody asked for, ooh, let’s throw all of the money at that… all of the money!); and 3) it costs too damned much for very little gain.

  9. Entire HS2 should be quietly culled

    Aside from EU mandate it was always political grandstanding with no cost/benefit justification

    As McVey said in HoC on Wednesday
    . Scrap HS2 and save tens of billions of pounds from an out of control budget, says Esther McVey

    Boris responds: Tax cutting is NI increase with a small increase in lower threshold
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qsyl_iRxvsg

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    @Arthur the cat
    It’s not even a solution to a 1990s problem, passengers worked on train then too

    It’s a solution to nothing and time saving a fallacy once longer journey to HS2 station added

    If it was needed Virgin et al would have been demanding Gov’t let them, not taxpayers, build it long ago

    It’s an EU mandated white elephant on steriods now with WFH more acceptable, trains becoming obselete as low passenger numbers demonstrate

    @TW
    The TCW guide to political PR is what?

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