The scene of the week came on Wednesday morning when people who are being driven from their homes and businesses, or being asked to live next to a construction site for the next decade or more, because of the High Speed 2 rail scheme heckled the highly-paid bosses heading the project. In the video above, track the older woman with the pink hair and sunglasses – obvs, this is Camden – if you can and see her clinging onto the railings to the back entrance to the National Temperance Hospital, the site of a temporary HS2 information centre.
It’s little act of defiance against, in the first instance, a big security guy, but also the £58 billion caper as a whole.
Some may say this is a mob who would snarl and shout even if the suits trying to get through the crowd bothered to stop for a conversation. In reality, it’s just an explosion of emotion and anger; the sort of thing that comes from having nobody listen, or for that matter even seem to care, as your neighbourhood is carved up in front of your eyes and your home starts to feel like a block on somebody else’s Monopoly board.
The chants of ‘get a grip Kirby’ – a sophisticated play on words when you think about it, for this kind of gig… kirby grip – were directed at Simon Kirby, the £750,000 a year chief executive who you can just about make out in the film looking surprisingly surprised by the fuss.