This week has seen two of the three Tory stooges (David Cameron, George Osborne and Boris Johnson) publicly display their thinly veiled support for Boris Island. Speaking to the Institute of Civil Engineering on Monday Cameron stated “we need to retain our status as a key global hub for air travel, not just a feeder route to bigger airports elsewhere, in Frankfurt, Amsterdam or Dubai.”
“Yes, this will be controversial. We will need to take decisions for the long-term – and we will be bringing forward options in our aviation strategy which will include an examination of the pros and cons of a new airport in the Thames Estuary.” During the speech Cameron talked about the need to build visionary infrastructure projects, in reference to the governments reforms of planing law he stated that “No government has acted with the necessary determination to blast through the vested interests and bureaucratic hurdles” indicating that once the decision to build has been made no degree of opposition will stop plans going ahead. Indeed he sighted the communist dictatorship in China that demolished the homes of tens of thousands ordinary people to build its’ Olympic park as a model of planning policy.
Mean while In his budget speech Stooge No. 2 stated “I also believe this country must confront the lack of airport capacity in the South East of England” and that “The Transport Secretary will set out Government thinking later this summer.” so while we are all hung over from the jubilee party and our attention is diverted by the Olympics we can expect the ill named Justine Greening to sneak out a statement telling us where they intend to put Boris’s folly.
What with this and the announcement that there are going to be a whole raft of new private toll roads, that no one other than the rich will be able to afford to drive, on this is not turning out to be the “greenest government ever” so much as one determined to turn the entire South East of England a rather concrete shade of grey.