Lord Wolfson of Aspley Guise is loved by middle England because he provides them with nice clothes from his chainstore Next and is also a fierce opponent of the High Speed 2 rail project. The £17bn route, which will cut through the picturesque Chilterns as it makes it way from London to Birmingham, is hated by the home counties who fear it will destroy their countryside. Lord Wolfson, a Tory peer and former economic advisor to the current top team, thinks it is a waste of money.
But the respected businessman’s vocal opposition has been a thorn in the side of Philip Hammond already struggling to shore up support for the project among recalcitrant Tories. So imagine the transport secretary’s delight this morning when he opened a copy of the Times newspaper to find Lord Wolfson arguing the case for building a huge motorway between Cambridge to Oxford to create a British ‘brain belt’ to rival Silicon valley. Read more