So HS2 has been accepted in its entirety, yet many of the opposing Tory backbenchers live in its path.
There is no need for all of HS2. Can we forget the part from London to Birmingham? Boris has agreed to spend money on the Northern regions. Build this part and let them trade with each other.
If, as Birmingham’s Mayor said on this evening’s TV News, that it may take 20, 30 or 50 years to create, then do it inland. In around 2034, there may be a need for London to have higher tidal barriers as water rises around the world. There is talk of 1.5 metres.
Before we talk about buying so many trains from a German company, no less, there should be a proper study of how many are needed. And that German company, although highly respected, is not British. Our Derbyshire carriage-makers shouted vigorously, but no-one in government listened.
The beauty of creating a high-speed line between the northern cities of Birmingham and Leeds, for example, means that a far higher specification can be drawn up for the London-Birmingham connection. something quieter, that does not annihilate ancient woodlands, that bypasses meadows and marshes.
We have a rich diversity of insects in these environments. Let us stay that way.
In the meantime, Boris can enjoy being feted by the northern cities, to whom you promised due care and attention.
I took a break. Now we can start making our own demands on Brussels, from a position of respect.
Have a good week