Grayling's big Heathrow announcement fails to take off | John Crace
The transport secretary was forced to the dispatch box again for yet another bashing
First trains, now planes. After yesterday’s humiliating mauling over the train timetables, Chris Grayling must have been hoping for a bit of recovery time. A chance to lie on his therapist’s couch and free-associate in a doomed search for his self esteem. Instead he was back in the Commons to make yet another statement he would have rather avoided. This time on the government’s decision to give the go-ahead for Heathrow’s third runway.
“The time for action is now,” said a visibly fragile Grayling. This wasn’t actually true. The time for action had been 10 years ago when the government had first decided to expand London’s airport capacity, but previous transport ministers had had the wit to recognise the issue was a poisoned chalice and had successfully managed to kick it into the long grass. Not so Grayling. They don’t call him Failing Grayling for nothing, so it was somehow inevitable that the buck would stop with him.
Source: Guardian Transport