Do we need it? Well yes, probably. Do we have other things that the money could be better spent on? Absolutely. The budget for HS2 would provide fibre interwebs to every single home and business in the UK, and that would make a huge difference to both peoples lives as well as the economy, and would make us a world leader in that.
Instead we get a train that's still slower than stuff that's 20 years old. Whoopeedoo.
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