The Conservative Government is saying this delay is for further research on the environmental impact – but it’s the political impact on the Tory candidate in the London Mayoral race that’s at issue here.
Zac Goldsmith has said he would resign as both an MP and the Tory candidate if the third runway at Heathrow gets the green light.
It’s clear that the Tories want the extra runway at Heathrow – but they also want to win the Mayoral election and they reckon Goldsmith is their best chance.
So they have delayed the decision.
My question is this: What makes them think Goldsmith won’t reason if Heathrow gets a third runway after he’s elected (if he is)?
A decision on whether to build a third runway at Heathrow Airport has been delayed until at least next summer, the government has confirmed.
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said further research on the environmental impact was needed.
A decision had previously been promised by the end of this year.
Business groups reacted with dismay at the news, with one group describing it as “gutless”, but opponents welcomed the extra focus on the environment.
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