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The chronicle of a death foretold: Spectator predicts HS2 demise

A cover story in the influential political magazine The Spectator has predicted that the Government’s plans for a high-speed rail line between London and Birmingham will probably never come to fruition.

Rik Thomas

Flagging up its forthcoming print edition, The Spectator’s website on 13 June asked the question: “Why was David Cameron so lukewarm in his endorsement of HS2 [high-speed two] at PMQs [Prime Minister’s questions] today? In response to a question about the project’s future, he offered, ‘I believe we should go ahead with HS2’, which is rather different to asserting that it will go ahead. The project is – as one Tory minister has told The Spectator –...

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