Obviously. HS2 is either a very good idea, or a very bad idea, depending on your opinion thereon. I am sure that we can, at least. all agree on that.
For those of you furth of the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland who may not be totally up to date with said HS2, it’s a proposed high speed link between the Great Wen and parts midlandish and northwards thereof. One day, it might even make it as far as Caledonia (stern and wild). Provided, of course, that you are still talking to us by then.
Whatever. I’ve decided that I would, myself, like the whole thing called off right now. I’ve been watching the debate on the second reading of the High Speed Rail (West Midlands-Crewe) Bill and I am now incandescent.
MP after MP has been saying ‘Haitch’ when referring to the ‘HS2’ proposal. This is deeply wrong and they should all know better.
I blame Edward Boyle, Minister of Education from 1962-64 and nearly every other Mister of Education since then for this perversion. Their deliberate mangling and serial neglect of our language has led us to this sorry state of affairs.
It should go without saying that the correct pronunciation is ‘Aitch’.
And, while we’re on the subject, it’s ‘scone’ and not ‘scone’ or ‘scone’.