Friday, 22 January 2010

David Cameron sinks Boris Johnson's Island Airport

David Cameron today ruled out building Boris Johnson's airport in the Thames Estuary.

Asked by the BBC whether he would go ahead with Boris Island he replied that:

"Boris is a great mayor of London doing an excellent job, but building airports is not his responsibility."

During his visit to Kent, Cameron said that Boris Island was "not our policy" and repeated his opposition to Heathrow.

Cameron's comments are a huge embarrassment to the Mayor who reportedly said that the airport was the biggest and bravest thing he could do.

In the past year Boris has made a high profile visit to the site of the airport, commissioned a lengthy feasibility study and set up a steering committee to take charge of the project.

In the process he has created big divisions within his own party, and caused embarrassment for his party leadership both nationally and locally.

The Mayor has repeatedly said that there should be further airport expansion in the South East.

Now that his fantasy airport is sunk, he must spell out exactly where that expansion should take place.

-Update- More now at the BBC, Liberal Conspiracy and Boris Watch


NorthKent said...

I see that Boris is still clinging on to this idea though:

"Mr Johnson’s office said it was sure the airport would not be out of the question"

AdamB said...

Head firmly lodged in sand there.

"Whatever it is I'm not going to tell you now. No, no, no, no, nothing, nothing, nothing, nothing, la, la, la, bye, bye, bye."

Karl said...

The whole point of 'Boris Island', I thought, was to avoid having to give a real answer to his position on airport expansion. Any awkward questions about this subject could be mitigated by waffling on about this 'spiffing idea about an island, what'? Any chance of finding out how much money has been wasted on it?

AdamB said...

Yes I think you're spot on there Karl. It was an easy fob to the airport lobby whilst avoiding dealing with the more awkward problems of the here and now.

No vast amount has been spent on it so far, which was in itself a clue as to how serious an idea it ever was. The fact that the report he commissioned put a completion date of 2030 on it at the earliest was also a bit of a clue. It was always a fantasy.