Despite desperate economic circumstances and cut backs in government spending, the government is pushing ahead with plans to spend untold billions of public money on a "high speed" rail link between London and Birmingham.
The fact is that there is already a perfectly good railway link between London and Birmingham - the problem it has is that it has been neglected and allowed to decay for the best part of twenty years or so. This rail link - in good condition - is quite capable of supporting trains capable of very high speed, but I'd question if there is even a need for such a high speed link at all.
All people really want from their trains is that they depart when they are supposed to, arrive when they are scheduled to and are reasonably clean and comfortable while doing so. They're not really bothered whether it takes an hour or fifty minutes - what bothers people is when they are told it will take one hour and it ends up taking an hour and ten minutes and they miss their connection or appointment.
Rather than wasting money on new projects, the people would be better served by a government that ensured that the existing infrastructure was fit for purpose and delivering the service people want. Spending billions we haven't got on infrastructure we neither need or want is just sheer vanity.