A theme is beginning to establish on this record; the Conservative Party seems to be obsessed with gimmick. A bridge connecting Scotland and Northern Ireland is not itself a bad thing, but the timing of considerations by the Tories on such a project could not be worse (see here).

We are less than two months into Boris’ premiership. Even a repeat of the old Tory trope ‘Northern Powerhouse’ – with investments to schools, transport and other services north of London – would be more productive than this continuation of the prime minister’s love affair with bridges. This project would do little to benefit Scottish or Northern Irish workers and appears to favour (temporary) employment for employment’s sake. Not to mention the difficulties posed by the extreme depth of the sea in certain areas, and the littering of thousands of Second World War incendiary bombs along its bed (see here).