or in this case HS2 - a new railway to Birmingham.
I mean, really, Birmingham. I have been to Birmingham, its um, OK. It is not the heart of British Industry and commerce that it once was. It is a City of less than a million people. In China, it would barely make the map and would not be even in the top 100.
So to spend at least £16 billion (and possibly double given the way these projects go) to reduce the journey time by 30% in 13 years time - seems, well, over-egging it a bit. This is not the stuff of Brunel's dreams is it?
Sure one day oil is going to be dreadfully expensive and flights costly and we will be glad of a rail network - but this is perhaps over a decade away - especially if we use shale resources properly. It maybe a century.
So where is our new airport to meet the needs of our growing export business and world interconnectedness. Where is the remedy to London's failed mass transit infrastructure? Heaven forfend that 90% of UK journeys are by road (and that road tax / fuel duty pays the transport budget several times over) that we may see some new motorways or A roads upgraded to meet actual demand.
None of this really matters, something must be done about UK infrastructure investment and this is a something. Better still it is not a controversial nuclear plant - the people it upsets are Tories in the shires whom the Government can afford to upset given their political position - in fact it probably even helps.All of the above investment proposals are either politically challenging or lack in vote winning appeal. Birmingham is, of course, full of marginal constituencies.
Here is a big project, lasting forever (i.e. more than one term in Government) that will employ the Polish migrants so short of work today. So let's do it.