Wednesday, 26 September 2012

The end of Nick Clegg

My latest post for MSN: No matter what Clegg says - or sings - nobody is listening anymore

Monday, 10 September 2012

Boris Johnson's own "ditherama" on airport expansion

Last week Boris Johnson accused David Cameron of "ditherama" after he decided to set up an independent inquiry into airport expansion.

"This means endless delay. It is ditherama. He [Mr Cameron] must level with the London public... It is a political decision, they can’t hide behind a committee of worthies."

But hang on. Is this the same Boris Johnson who has so far set up a grand total of FOUR* studies into airport expansion and who is now planning a FIFTH?

And is this the same Boris Johnson who has at some point backed new runways at Whitstable, The Isle of Grain, and even Stansted, but who now won't say which one he still supports?

I think we should be told.

Friday, 7 September 2012

Boris Johnson gives up Londoners for leadership bid

When Boris Johnson ran for re-election he promised that he could get a better deal for Londoners from government.

According to his manifesto:

"I have shown that, unlike my predecessor, I have been able to work with the government to get a better deal for London"

Yes unlike that tricksy Ken Livingstone, Boris would use his close relationship with government to ensure more jobs and investment for Londoners.

So how's that special relationship working out?

A furious David Cameron is planning revenge on Boris Johnson after the London mayor launched a series of attacks on the prime minister’s “fudge-arama” over the future of Heathrow airport...

"We will see what happens the next time he comes around with the begging bowl,” said one Downing Street official."

Not that well then:

"Mr Cameron could withhold government support for projects Mr Johnson regards as vital to the capital, unless the mayor tones down his attacks on the government. These include a new rail line from Chelsea to Hackney dubbed Crossrail II, and a tunnel under the Thames at Silvertown."

That would be same tunnel that Boris announced as a done deal just before the election. What else could be held back?

"The mayor also pledged in his election campaign this year to press the government to give responsibility for rail franchises to City Hall and in July established a commission to investigate whether London could retain more of the money it hands to the Treasury in tax."

Still at least Boris's own future job prospects are looking up.

Just don't hold your breath for that "better deal" we were all promised.

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

David Cameron has acted out of weakness

New Post for MSN: A reshuffle shaped by weakness not strength