Mrs May’s decision to allow the building of a third runway at Heathrow may prove fatal to her administration. Her government is weak by constantly attempting to be all things to all men, and this decision shows how much she in thrall to powerful business lobbies.
We do not want, as Boris Johnson put it so aptly today, ‘London to be ‘a city of planes’ just as New York is a city of skyscrapers, or Paris a city of exquisite building and boulevards’. Nor do we want the Chinese Government as Britain’s electricity meter reader, with one hand on the Hinkley Point’s mains switch if we don’t pay our bills. And who wants the monstrosity of HS2 wrecking a beautiful part of the English countryside just to satisfy a few oafish champagne swiggers in British business?
Nobody ever wanted 4 million immigrants from the third world. Mrs May had the chance to do something about this when she was Home Secretary by sacking a number of Home Office officials whose mishandling of immigration has wrecked our country. She did nothing. Worse, there is a suspicion that the same powerful officials who controlled her while she was Home Secretary, were responsible for seeing her into 10 Downing Street.
The windsock at Heathrow must surely be pointing to a early election. If Zac Goldsmith’s constituency votes Liberal Democrat, and it will, rumblings will be heard in the Tory ranks. If she holds a general election to assert her authority it will only serve to undermine it. She will be forced to to show her hand over Brexit not only to Brussels (the only hand she has got are WTO rules) but to the Tory shires. The latter will panic. They shouldn’t, WTO rules are not only a very good idea, there is no alternative – it is just nobody wants to say so. She will increase her majority but by no means by the number of seats she could get given the weakness of Labour. Brussels, the BBC and business will immediately light on this as the thumbs down to Brexit. She will have to resign.
Who will be next Prime Minster? Watching Boris Johnson rubbishing the third Heathrow runway this afternoon, you could see the battle light in his eyes.