Actually I think HS2 should stay and it is vital if a reduction of car use is predicated. We need to replace Victorian infrastructure as matter of course.Advice to BoJo as to what to chop from the head of the Tax Payer's Alliance. Most of it is behind the paywall, so I'll paraphrase.
After an election campaign littered with spending promises, it appears the PM has made a New Year’s resolution.www.telegraph.co.uk
1. Bin H2S
With costs already up from £40 billion to £100 billion and guaranteed to rise further, axing this could pay for literally hundreds of local transport projects. Less chance of project over-runs, more business benefit and happier local voters.
2. Let people leave school at 16 if they wish
Instead of being forced to stay in full time education until 18. Some people are just not academically inclined - and many would like the option to avoid a pointless couple of extra years in education.
3. Bin the requirement for all civil servants to have degrees
If someone has a decent record of achievement in life without a degree, why not let them join the civil service and bring those skills to bear there.
4. Bin National Pay Bargaining
Give different areas of the country the right to set their own pay rates for public services. Maybe public services could get by with fewer but better paid staff.
5. Bonfire of the Quangos Mk 2.
Pointless quangos have proliferated again. Many could be binned without any measurable impact.
Expect more teddy launching from the London Luvies - they'll be hit hardest.
And the unions will hate the end of national pay bargaining...
Collective bargaining was axed donkeys ago and has been a bug bear under the equal pay act. Which specifies equal pay for similar work. Ultimately regional pay schemes are funded centrally and the one thing I have learned is that to make the regional differences too great damages mobility.