It seems Boris Johnson has decided that he doesn’t like the Channel Tunnel, and we should have a bridge between the UK and France – across the world’s busiest shipping waters.
It encourages one to wonder why he suggested it – allegedly at the Anglo-French summit between Theresa May and Emmanuel Macron. The following seems persuasive:
Nothing to see here…
Everyone, quick, look at Boris the 🤡 https://t.co/v9DAcUDDS1
— Judy Hamilton #ShieldingFor6Months&Longer 😷 (@secretspartacus) January 19, 2018
Let’s face it, there’s no rational thinking behind it.
And the slapdowns have been hard, according to the Daily Mirror:
The UK Chamber of Shipping tweeted bluntly: “Building a huge concrete structure in the middle of the world’s busiest shipping lane might come with some challenges.”
And in a brutal slapdown, France’s finance minister Bruno Le Maire said: “All ideas merit consideration, even the most far-fetched ones.”
Asked if the Government was planning on building a bridge to France, Theresa May’s spokesman added: “I’ve not seen any plans on that.”
The Road Haulage Association wasn’t enthusiastic, either:
Meanwhile, the Road Haulage Association said a cross-Channel bridge “makes no sense” since the costs and practical implications would be huge.
Chief executive Richard Burnett said: “The Strait of Dover is the world’s busiest shipping lane carrying more than 500 ships daily, so construction would cause huge disruption to sea traffic.”
How about this one, from Twitter?
Boris Johnson suggests a bridge to France having burned 27 others. https://t.co/WCDwP8EaMs
— George Eaton (@georgeeaton) January 19, 2018
Here’s UK Shipping’s tweet:
Building a huge concrete structure in the middle of the world’s busiest shipping lane might come with some challenges. https://t.co/jYD5O8B19W
— UK Shipping (@ukshipping) January 18, 2018
How about this response?
How dare you imply our foreign secretary hasn't thought this through.
He's a well respected and serious voice around the world 😏 https://t.co/fg6WTLFpBD
— Sunny Hundal (@sunny_hundal) January 19, 2018
Interestingly, it has been suggested that Mr Johnson was trying to distract attention from the substance of the summit:
Not sure Johnson has any set achievement in mind at all, he is just a great big ball of farty babble.
— Ian Dunt (@IanDunt) January 19, 2018
That’s as may be, but he certainly succeeded in grabbing all the attention. And it’s a shame.
We’re letting him get away with distracting us all – with a clown routine that was worn out before he was shifted out of office as Mayor of London.
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