It’s Hot here in the UK: nearly 30 degrees in some places which counts as Hot with a capital H. I’m finding myself adjusting to Spanish rhythm, by which I don’t mean a salsa or a rumba but a slower, more leisurely approach to the day. No rushing, no running, no stress; plenty of rest and plenty of fluids. I am only thankful on days like these that I don’t live in Hounslow any more: being four miles from Heathrow the noise and pollution were intolerable and now they are set to get worse as the Commons approves a third runway. Not only is the village of Harmondsworth set to be demolished but the traffic, both terrestrial and airborne, will increase hugely. All this when London traffic is already largely at a standstill and when we have regions crying out for development. A bad, bad decision.
But far worse was the utterly despicable cowardice of Boris Johnson. Following his triumph with the infamous £350 million bus:
he followed this up by saying that if the third runway were approved he would ‘lie down in front of the bulldozers’ (a sight we were all looking forward to). Instead, what did he do? He avoided the vote by skipping out of the country – to Afghanistan, of all places! *
He is now facing calls to resign:
To be fair the first part of his statement was accurate: he would lie. He would lie about his intentions, he would lie about his loyalties and he would lie about having a prior commitment. It’s very clear where Boris Johnson’s loyalties – erm, lie – they lie with Boris Johnson. The man is a weasel and he should resign. The sooner the better.
*not that I’m suggesting Afghanistan is a place unworthy of a visit under normal circumstances