A respected Tory tweeter, @PittTheBlogger said to me that the disagreement between David Cameron and the Mayor over aviation and a third runway at Heathrow should have been conducted in private. Normally yes, but not in this case.
Boris Johnson successfuly ran for Mayor and beat a 19% Labour swing in London because his campaign was based on trust. He gave his word to Londoners he would fulfill his promises and never make a promise he couldn’t keep. The whole way Boris conducted this campaign proved this was right. He had to raise fares, but refused to play politics with fares like Ken Livingstone did, (whacking them up as soon as he got into office). Boris told Londoners there was no alternative and stuck to it.
One of Boris’s major pledges was that there would never be a third runway at Heathrow. I heard his speech at Richmond, and Zac Goldsmith was there, when this pledge was reaffirmed. At the time, the government backed this pledge to the hilt, and they made the same pledge during the General election.
At Mayor’s Question Time, so often the Labour members have tried to force Boris to make promises it is doubtful he can keep. He always always refuses. Boris is not like other politicians. Keeping his word really matters, and, I believe, that is why he exploded in anger after reassurances that there would never be a third runway at Heathrow. Other policians may mislead the public. Boris doesn’t do that.