In an ITV Meridian interview today, I dismissed suggestions by architect, Lord Foster, in the Sunday Times that the Isle of Grain should host the world’s largest four-runway airport with up to 150 million passengers per year.
The Sunday Times is once again puffing the Boris Island fantasists. This time they have towed the airport ashore on their recycled map to abut the Isle of Grain.
They now say it would cost up to £50 billion. That is £7,000 for every family across London and the South-East when the Coalition already has to clean up Labour’s financial mess. That number alone shows that the plan is pie in the sky, even before you consider the environmental impact.
Boris Johnson is the Mayor of London, not of Kent or South-East England. He apparently says that he will talk to the Chancellor about this supposed ‘new plan’. Thankfully George Osborne is politically and financially literate, and can point out to Boris that saddling every family in London and the South-East with a £7,000 bill may not be the best campaign promise for next year’s mayoral election.