For clarity - the person quoted is an Infrastructure Commissioner, and this one is a 'she' not a 'he'. "The Commissioners provide expert, impartial advice to the government on infrastructure". https://www.nic.org.uk/who-we-are/ The Government are currently reviewing the scope of HS2, and quite possibly whether it happens at all. The horse may still get humanely destroyed. The water may still be diverted. I'm sure if any of the Infrastructure Commissioners happen to be reading this thread on a public forum they will be highly amused to know their views have been equated to "hot air". Out.