This morning, along with Medway Council leader Rodney Chambers and as guests of the FSB, I debated the Boris Island proposals with Daniel Moylan, the Mayor of London’s aviation spokesman. Of course, the Mayor of London has no real standing or powers in respect of aviation, although that does not stop his regular and contradictory pontifications on the issue, which were ably dissected by Cllr Mike O’Brien.
Mr Moylan’s attempts to defend Boris’s pie in the sky proposals fell apart on the issue of Heathrow airport. Previously, it had been suggested that Heathrow would be closed and airlines forced to relocate to Boris’s new hub airport, which would somehow be built at a cost of tens of billions of pounds. Now we are told that that is not the case and that Heathrow would continue to operate, which raises the question as to how Boris Island would be a hub airport.
Given that the airlines are against it, being no keener than the taxpayer to find the tens of billions, and it would be an environmental catastrophe, Boris Island is and must remain pie in the sky.