YESTERDAY’S HS2 post suggested Labour cabinet member in Camden Sarah Hayward was more cautious over the idea of the council opposing the rail link to Birmingham at a time when those around her were calling for it to be shot down. It’s only fair that I point out that she contacted me after it went up with an email to say:
Not sure who your briefer is, but I drafted the current statement, make of that what you will on where I stand.
What I made of that was: Sarah felt the post was all messed up and that she is actually firmly anti the scheme, her being the drafter of a collective statement and all. No u-turns here, no no, there are no examples from the last few weeks and months of her arguing against a Camden rebellion to HS2 among her colleagues. Crumbs, a blunder on my part – I emailed back to make sure her views were properly relayed:
Thanks, cool, can I have a quote directly from you then beyond that carefully worded statement?
As in, what you personally think. I’ll have it online in a second. If you are against, let’s have it out there in your own words. And I’d say that to all the cabinet.
PS: I don’t go with much without a double source and usually say if it isn’t, ‘briefer’ without an ‘s’ on the end is inaccurate on this one.
Sarah got back to me:
Collective cabinet position pretty clear. We oppose.
Make of that what you will.