The IEA's [Institute of Economic Affairs] study is the most hard-hitting attack on the project by an independent group so far.
The crescendo of opposition to this project is just getting louder and louder and the government is still not listening.We've long suspected that the only people pushing for this vanity project are those with vested interests.
The IEA report is clear - that councils and chambers of commerce in cities which will get stations, along with the firms which will get billions of pounds from building HS2, are the only ones lobbying for HS2.
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One story dominates Thursday's front pages with some newspapers printing emotive pleas to voters to keep the United Kingdom as one.
After a mild start temperatures should pick up, with the south of England seeing highs of 26C.
In Edinburgh tonight you can hear it and feel it. The buzz, the banter of the day and the thrilling sense something big is coming tomorrow.