MY soon-to-be ex-boss has issued this excellent* response to Ms Villiers’ silliness this morning:
“These proposals are politically opportunistic, economically illiterate and hugely damaging to Britain’s national interests.
“The Tories are posing a false choice – we need both more capacity in Britain’s airports and on our main rail lines.
“Even if every flight from Manchester and Leeds/Bradford to Heathrow were replaced by a new high speed line then Heathrow would still be operating at 97% capacity.
“It is the Tories who cannot face up to the tough decisions needed to support the economy, hiding behind unfunded, ill thought through policy announcements which only reinforces their reputation as lightweight, shallow and only interested in grabbing a headline. It’s hard to take them seriously when they can’t even get their facts straight.”
As a small post script, here’s my own prediction: the next Conservative manifesto will not include a watertight commitment either to vetoing the third runway or to building a new high-speed line. They will equivocate.
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* She’s leaving, so I’m not just sucking up