July/August 2019 – BIM
Who should the construction industry vote for as our new prime minister?
Trick question! – you don’t get a vote unless you’re a signed-up member of the Conservative Party.
But imagine for a minute that you’ve not been disenfranchised and, just for the fun of it, try and decide who you think would best serve the interests of the construction industry – Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt?
It’s a difficult one: how do you choose between the custard cream and the jammie dodger? The BMW and the Audi? The dog turd and the cup of sick?
Boris Johnson’s position on infrastructure development is incoherent. One minute he’s promising to “lie down in front of the bulldozers” to stop a third runway at Heathrow (and retain his Uxbridge seat); the next he’s on a flight to Afghanistan to avoid having to put his money where his mouth is and vote on the matter in parliament. He’s a populist who’ll say anything for votes. And that includes “fuck business”.
Jeremy Hunt – who never tires of telling us that he’s a successful entrepreneur – is robustly pro-business. He’s four-square behind the third runway and HS2 as well. But he’s bad at schmoozing the electorate – look at his pathetic vacillation over fox-hunting…
Actually, this is no fun at all. It’s quite depressing; we all know who we’re getting, don’t we? And I’m tired of him already.