Consecutive days’ editions of the Evening Standard have highlighted a split in the Tory party on airport policy in London.
Yesterday, the Tories said no more runways for London airports. Indeed, a manifesto commitment was promised to scrap plans for a third runway at Heathrow with an added pledge that there would be no expansion at Gatwick or Stansted.
This sparked cynical remarks that (perish the thought) the Conservatives were eying Labour-held marginals on the Heathrow flightpath.
Today, we hear (from the same reporter) that, in fact, billions of pounds have been pledged by oil-rich countries and China to build a brand-new additional airport in the Thames Estuary.
I understand there are no relevant marginals in the flightpath of the proposed new airport.
So yesterday’s arguments were nothing about climate change or high principle: it was just about votes.