"That being said, another reason might be that it is probably less than a year to the elections and by that time Con-servative party will be no more, so he could as well have said they can't be bothered."
Of course they can be bothered. A lot of current legislation is about trying to make things difficult for the next government. Both main parties have form for doing this when they know they're going to lose the next election. Have a look at how they're trying to sell on the compulsorily purchased land for the bits of HS2 they've now cancelled. The reasoning is simple - to make it difficult and expensive for the next government should they wish to reinstate the northern legs of HS2.
For clarity, I have thought from day 1 that HS2 was a misbegotten white elephant, on the other hand we're already on the hook for £100bn and for Sunak and his ghastly public school chums are doing this too late to save us any big money, but early enough to rob the modest benefits, whilst making life difficult (out of spite) for the next government. I'd be a core Conservative voter, but after fourteen years of wretched incompetence, stupidity, cowardice, dishonesty and betrayal, I am counting the days until they get slung out of office.