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HS2: Cabinet minister has ‘gut feeling’ rail project will be cleared

HS2: Cabinet minister has ‘gut feeling’ rail project will be cleared

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Media playback is unsupported on your device A cabinet minister has told the BBC it is his gut feeling that the HS2 high-speed rail line will get the go-ahead.Stephen Barclay told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show that the project was vital for "levelling up" the UK's transport network and improving capacity.The Brexit secretary's comments come amid a row over the rising cost of the project, which could reach £106bn.The first phase of the project is due link London and Birmingham, followed by extensions to Leeds and Manchester.Mr Barclay was asked by Andrew Marr for his "gut feeling" about whether the HS2 would be approved. "Yes", he replied firmly.He said the government had given a "clear commitment to level up all parts of the United Kingdom... HS2
Comedian Daniel Sloss gives toxic masculinity a ‘gut punch’ in ‘X’

Comedian Daniel Sloss gives toxic masculinity a ‘gut punch’ in ‘X’

Entertainment
Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Comedian Daniel Sloss' new HBO special, X, takes an unexpected turn into deeply serious territory in its final half hour, and the stand-up said there was a long period of time during which he "thought it would never work." X, which premieres Saturday on HBO, features about an hour of Sloss, 29, profanely joking his way through topics that include his young goddaughter's intelligence (or lack thereof), getting in touch with his emotions and unlearning behaviors associated with "toxic masculinity." The final third of the special finds the Scottish comedian getting deeply serious about his experience with a friend who was raped. Sloss told UPI in a recent interview that it wasn't long after the incident that he decided to talk about it in his stage show. "It was something th...