WATCHING Philip Hammond in action at the Conservative Party conference earlier this month, you couldn’t see much sign of the Transport Secretary budging over High Speed 2. Even when Belsize councillor Jonny Bucknell shouted at him really loudly – albeit in his cheery Johnny Bucknell voice.
But now he’s off to do defence in the wake of Liam Fox’s resignation, what about his replacement, Justine Greening? How HS2ey is she? She had a bit of mauling at the hands of Andrew Neil during a television interview at the same conference, but that will seem like small chips when she meets the HS2 lobby. Could be an ouch incoming.