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.
Source: Heathrow Airport runway decision delayed until summer – BBC News
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Jeez…..It’s a good job they are running a Country, and not a corporation, they would have all been sacked, or gone broke, by now out of incompetence or lack of decision making. So the country is made to wait whilst good ol’ Zac makes up his mind or we dance to the Cons tunes. Sounds like the whole selection process was the usual costly piece of drama with the outcome already decided despite the facts getting in the way. Goodbye Zac I think with the Cons track record and lies they are being very bullish they are going to get the vote for the mayor position.
i dont suppose Zac Goldsmith’s threat to resign as Tory MP and Mayoral candidate
could have anything to do with the fact that he MAY have land or property in the areas proposed,do you know Mike ?
i tend to look at things MP’s threaten to do as been in self interest these days.
According to the register of members’ interests, the only land he has is in Andalucía, Spain.
ok right Mike thank you for that.