Boris Johnson today dramatically distanced himself from plans to construct an airport in the Thames Estuary.
Asked by Val Shawcross AM why the airport is not in his Transport Strategy he replied that while it was an interesting idea:
"I do not have an aspiration to construct such an airport."
Boris had initially refused to even discuss the airport with the Transport Committee, saying that it was at "too early a stage."
However, when pushed, he told the committee:
"I think it is very important that we clear up the status of this feasibility study and the status of this airport. I do not have an aspiration to construct such an airport. What I think it is right for us at the GLA is to look in a progressive way at all the possibilities for aviation capacity around london. And that is all we are doing"
The admission comes just one day after Doug Oakervee published the long delayed feasibility study into the airport.
Unusually it was not published on the Mayor's website, and the Mayor released no statement to accompany it.
It was however accompanied by derision from both the City of London and from an alliance of Conservative Councils in Kent.
The Conservative leadership have also distanced themselves from the project.
Boris Johnson's new steering group will look at plans for an airport.
However, their remit has shifted away from the airport alone, towards the wider issues of development in the Thames Estuary.
And while Boris's Deputy Kit Malthouse said it could be built within ten years, Oakervee's plans push construction back to 2029, long after Boris will have gone.
So barring the arrival of any mystery sheiks, Boris's Island will continue to resemble NeverNeverLand.