Hs2 antis have got very excited by a story on the execrable ‘Guido Fawkes’ website. The great ‘Guido’ has tried to make out that the appointment of a prominent anti Hs2 MP as a Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to Ministers in the Department of Transport somehow causes problems for the HS2 project, leading to a “tough circle to square”. The problem is – the truth is exactly the opposite. Victoria Prentis’ opposition to Hs2 has been neutered. Why? Because as a PPS she is bound by the same rules on collective responsibility as the Cabinet are. This means she can’t speak out against Government policy as she is deemed to have collective responsibility for it! The delicious irony is that this is the second anti Hs2 MP Teresa May has effectively muzzled – the other being one Andrea Leadsom, who is now Minister of State at the Department of Energy and Climate Change!

Still, when has the Fawkes camp ever let the facts get in the way…