Stop pussyfooting around, Cameron
Boris Johnson reveals his masterplan to boost Britain's economy by cutting taxes, axing red tape and building an airport.
He urged David Cameron to stop “pussyfooting around” and fund a series of major building projects in London.
The Mayor also hinted for the first time that he may stand as an MP after his four-year term which would allow him to run for leader of the Tory Party.
Mr Johnson told the Standard: “The way to get business really motoring in the UK is to cut taxes, cut regulation, create the infrastructure and get behind it. That’s what you should do.”
Mr Johnson called the Government’s decision to delay the publication of a consultation into Britain’s airports “totally mad”. The Mayor favours a four-runway hub built in the Thames, dubbed “Boris Island”. “The Government needs to stop pussyfooting around,” said Mr Johnson.
“Heathrow is fundamentally not in the right place.” He said Mr Osborne is “actually very much up for big ideas like this”. But he warned that the Prime Minister is yet to be convinced, blaming the “institutional inertia of the Government”.
Saying Mr Cameron’s government must be more “ambitious” he added: “There’s a real opportunity to capitalise on the Olympics. [To] look at London as the motor that can drive growth.” He launched a passionate defence of Transport Secretary Justine Greening, who he said “gets” the need for a new airport.
The Mayor said he has bold plans for a raised network of cycle paths built alongside railway lines but declined to go into detail, saying: “This is very early stages. It’s back of the envelope stuff.”