A man charged with advising Boris Johnson on 'retaining London's status as one of the world's leading cities' has dismissed the plan to build a Thames Estuary airport as 'madness'.
The Chief Executive of upgrade-denying British Airways and member of Boris's Business Advisory Council Willie Walsh said today:
"The idea of Boris Island is madness.""It's not going to work. It's a distraction to a tough decision that has to be made in relation to Heathrow airport.''
Walsh said that while he had voted for Boris to be Mayor, his idea of building an airport in the Thames Estuary would be prohibitively expensive.
The BA chief's dismissal of the Thames airport plan follows another unequivocal rejection by the leader of Kent County Council yesterday.
It also follows a full scale u-turn by Boris, in which his spokesman admitted that he would no longer consider closing Heathrow airport, just twenty four hours after saying that he would.
So with Boris's deputy saying one thing, his advisor saying another, and his press operation left desperately spinning in the middle, it is about time we found out exactly where Boris stands.
Because while I understand there will be a study and a consultation and a discussion with stakeholders, and a cup of tea with council leaders, what I don't understand is what Boris believes himself.
And while it's all very well hiring an ever-growing legion of ever-disagreeing advisors, deputies, commissioners, directors and boards, at some point Londoners are going to want to hear from the Mayor himself.