Are we asking the wrong questions about HS2?

21 October 2023 9:00 am

I am not sure there was much else Rishi could have done to salvage HS2. But I come bearing good…

The solution to HS2

14 October 2023 9:00 am

Train wreck: HS2 destroyed the countryside I love

7 October 2023 9:00 am

The countryside where I grew up has been destroyed by HS2


30 September 2023 9:00 am

Portrait of the Week

30 September 2023 9:00 am


9 September 2023 9:00 am

Just stop HS2!

12 August 2023 9:00 am

I have two suggestions for HS2. Either stop it or make it stop. The spiralling cost and delays are reason enough…

Ministers can’t blame Putin for the disaster that is HS2

10 March 2023 8:26 pm

And I thought the SNP were destined to win the award for this year’s most pathetic excuse – after Scottish…

Boris's rail betrayal is no surprise

19 November 2021 12:13 am

A promise made is merely a promise waiting to be broken. If events complicate life for all governments it is…

Portrait of the week: Hotel quarantine starts, Ribblehead Viaduct cracks and a royal guest for Oprah

20 February 2021 9:00 am

Home The target was achieved of vaccinating, by the middle of February, about 15 million people of 70 or over,…

Will remote-working strengthen the case for HS2?

16 January 2021 9:00 am

Soon after the pandemic hit, the world’s airlines turned off their pricing algorithms and resumed pricing flights manually. Everything the…

Borrow-and-spend Boris risks repeating Gordon Brown’s mistakes

15 February 2020 9:00 am

The nature of the Johnson government is still not clear, but has become more so with the announcement this week…

Portrait of the week: Britain rules on coronavirus, HS2 is approved and Bernie Sanders powers ahead

15 February 2020 9:00 am

Home The Department of Health classified the novel coronavirus (named by the World Health Organization Covid-19) as a ‘serious and imminent…

Does anyone really think HS2 will be good for the country?

15 February 2020 9:00 am

How depressed should one be about the HS2 go-ahead? The cost is stupefying. The offering to the north — considered…

The real reason I am against HS2

7 February 2020 10:00 pm

Some years ago, two British supermarket chains needed to place a large order for replacement trollies. They had to decide…

How much public income does the royal family receive?

24 January 2020 10:00 pm

Parliamentary motions The government floated the idea of moving the House of Lords permanently to York.    Until it was found…

HS2’s completion is as likely as King Harry’s coronation

24 January 2020 10:00 pm

Seven years ago, when HS2 was still officially costed at £33 billion, I wrote that I was looking forward to…

There will never be a better time for Tory radicalism. Is Boris ready?

11 January 2020 9:00 am

What is the point of a Conservative majority? The answer might once have been to implement Conservative policies. But now…

There is a far better option than HS2 – and it already exists

3 August 2019 9:00 am

Just 48 hours before the conclusion of the Conservative leadership contest, Allan Cook, chairman of HS2, wrote to the government…

David Cameron campaigning on the day before the June 2016 referendum (Getty)

Letters: Britain needs HS2

20 April 2019 9:00 am

Moaning minnie MPs Sir: I was recently quoted in the Sun newspaper in a story about how MPs were reacting…


From a solar-powered bin to HS2: the destruction of my childhood home

16 March 2019 9:00 am

My mother is a classy lady. I have always known this, but it still affected me in a way I…

The financial logic behind HS2 is collapsing. It’s time to pull the plug

9 February 2019 9:00 am

No one is in any doubt about the problem facing Britain’s railways. Over the past decade, rail fares have risen…

Why HS2 doesn’t stand up to the test of time

2 February 2019 9:00 am

In past years, I have been a critic of HS2. I might now change my mind. One simple tweak might…