THINGS got a little loud in the Channel 4 news studio last night as Pete Waterman, the DJ off-off The Hit Man And Her, told the world of his great support for the HS2 high speed rail link from London to Birmingham – the one threatening demolition and disruption in a large portion of Camden. Britain he argued cannot consider itself a great country while it can’t ‘move its people around’.
Arms folded and hunched to one side, Waterman grows tetchy until it just gets plain silly. The studio debate starts at 5.15, fast forward to 11.10 for the following nonsense:
The Hit Man: Do you travel by train?
Protester Joe Rukin: I just told you I came here by train?
The Hit Man: Do you travel everyday?
Protester Joe Rukin: No not evvvvveryday
The Hit Man: Well I do. You see I travel three times a week.
Protester Joe Rukin: Three times a week is not every day.
And so on. They are still quarrelling when Jon Snow has to intervene with a ‘chaps, we have to leave it there…’
*PS just in case you forgot the delights of The Hit Man And Her, here’s Waterman and Her (Michaela Strachan) at the peak of their game from a time before both high speed rail links and dancing had been invented: