A handy coincidence for the Tory campaign to stop Nigel Farage in Thanet that the government is to announce £12 million of extra funding for HS1 services to the heart of the constituency today. Whether or not they will be painted in traditional colours has yet to be confirmed. UKIP are off on one:
Tory sources insist the wheels were set in motion months ago and the plans are simply on track: “These things don’t happen overnight”. But what was their real loco-motive?