Back in December 2007 a plan to build massive new dual carriageways across the Stonehenge landscape was abandoned – because of money. Now, 12 years later, the Transport Secretary’s decision on whether to approve a similar dreadful scheme has been postponed until July. But by then our finances will be far worse, plus much business traffic will have switched to online conferencing.

So will Grant Shapps’s recommendation, whatever it is, actually matter? Won’t it be finance that will be the final guide for the Cabinet? Prior to the Covid 19 crisis, the National Audit Office cast serious doubt on the value-for-money of the scheme. What would it say now, when it’s going to be both less affordable and less necessary than before?

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