Westminster watchers may have noticed that one well-known SpAd had disappeared from the scene last year: Dylan Sharpe, famous mainly for sending unsolicited topless images to several women in media and politics who didn’t want to see them and then playing the victim afterwards, used to be at 10 Downing Street. But not any more.
Perhaps his previous berths would give a clue as to what kind of career direction he might favour? There was, after all, his time at Big Brother Watch, a campaign associated with the so-called Taxpayers’ Alliance, a group opposed to any kind of publicly funded infrastructure projects, like, oh I dunno, HS2 for instance.
Sharpe also spent more than three years at the Murdoch Sun, where he was Head of PR and a leader writer. We know what the Sun thinks of major public infrastructure projects - after all, this is the paper that announced only last January that “Boris Johnson needs to pull the plug on the obscenely expensive HS2 line before it’s too late”. There was more.
“That was when the budget was a ‘mere’ £34billion and the business argument seemed plausible. It is now more than three times that figure and counting [no it isn’t]. That is an obscene and reckless sum for a railway much of the country doesn’t want, whose case now looks shot and which won’t be finished until 2040. Who knows what our transport needs will be by then with, say, driverless cars [which aren’t coming]”.
As Cilla used to say, shall we have a look and find out? Next month, Sharpe celebrates the first anniversary of his appointment as “Head of Media Relations” by, er, HS2 Limited. That’s the project that he’s been fervently opposed to - until they gave him a job.
Opinions can always be flexible - providing enough money changes hands.