Yes I too 100% support the money spent on Spaceship2, even though it's a rich toy, no use for putting stuff in Orbit or into deep space. It's an excellent use of Branson's money. We all will be 'richer' by what is learned. I don't resent the Rich having joyrides on it.
No doubt many aspects will benefit other Terrestrial and Space projects. Only rich people with a whim can benefit us like this. Governmental sponsored research is too bureaucratic. Most big company research is too safe or never sees the light of day when the innovative founders are gone and "beancounters" and "IP Lawyers" are in control.
Now if Google, Microsoft, Apple etc would "waste" some large percentage of their dragon hordes in a similar fashion it would be wonderful. Branston's "waste" of money is much more sensible than most of what is printed in the Guardian. But I suppose it's a nice wrapper for the fish n chips?