‘A magic word can be comforting in dark times. Right now, that word is infrastructure. Today’s Autumn Statement clutched at the muscular promise of a can-do tomorrow in which traffic jams are busted and broadband unblocked.
Nonetheless, the direction of policy is clear and right. Britain’s infrastructure is not always bad but much of it is old and stretched, dependent on roads and railways put in place before the word was even invented — Winston Churchill was the first to use it, sceptically, in parliament in 1950. The physical support for every aspect of human and economic life does need more attention. There are no end of league tables that suggest others do it better.’
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