It seems you can’t move these days without bumping into someone mouthing off about the benefits – or otherwise – of HS2, the planned high-speed rail link between London and the north of England.
And the proposed route is proving a headache for lots of people living alongside.
My own view is based fair and square on how much good HS2 would do Sandwell and the rest of the Black Country.
And I have to say for me the case is still unproven.
It seems to me most of HS2’s much talked about economic benefits will flow to London – and I therefore wonder why thousands and thousands of people living elsewhere should have their home lives disrupted.
What’s more, I’m far from convinced that the new line will necessarily improve journeys for people travelling from Sandwell, Wolverhampton and Dudley.
In this context, I was a bit saddened to see Birmingham’s Sir Albert Bore coming out so strongly in favour of HS2.
He’s entitled to his views, of course, and I respect them.
But people shouldn’t run away with the idea that on this issue Sir Albert represents the views of all his colleagues in local government.
There are others!