The Coalition and Labour want to defer a decision about London’s airports until 2015: it can’t wait that long
Yesterday the Prime Minister announced an independent inquiry into the future of London’s airports. Sir Howard Davies’s team will not report until after the next general election, giving them a leisurely three years to reach their conclusions.
This looks like a cynical attempt to take the heat out of airports. And it’s the kind of tactic – branded a “fudge” by London Mayor Boris Johnson – that is making people lose faith in politics.
The airports issue is not going to be magicked away by political sleight of hand. In the real world, beyond the Westminster bubble, questions about the future of Britain’s air connections are as urgent as ever: they won’t fly away.