In his speech to the CBI conference, David Cameron will today say that critics of High Speed Rail 2 are resigned to leaving Britain in “the slow lane” and that they “are betraying everyone north of Watford”. Leaving to one side the lack of lanes on railways, the prime minister is trying to make two arguments about the controversial scheme. The first is that this is the type of bold projects that bold countries embark upon. The second is that the new fast railway line would help bridge (sorry) the “North-South divide”.
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