Tunnel vision: Another grand Boris Johnson-inspired plan on the scrapheap

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TeaThat prime minister is perhaps unequaled in the number of things that have been named after him in the democratic world (except for the more sycophantic dictatorship). Boris buses, various Boris bridges, Boris Island (an endemic airport in the Thames estuary that never, erm, got off the ground) … some have more to do with them than others, and some are actually Boris Johnson’s imagination. are not present outside. The latest casualty is the “Boris Tunnel”, a plan to link Northern Ireland (and the island of Ireland) with Scotland between Belfast and Stranner, largely following the current short ferry route.

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The plan was, so far as decided, to be used to stimulate trade in the British Isles, especially after Brexit, and to better cement Northern Ireland within the United Kingdom. The land was for building links. Ambitious and visionary as it may be, the plan itself did not garner much praise from the Prime Minister’s (now former) senior adviser, Dominic Cummings, who called it “the most stupid tunnel in the world”. Even at such a distance, the sadness could almost be felt in the eyes of the Prime Minister as he read the Swengli verdict on his brainchild. At this point, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, a man who was Mr Johnson’s obedient chief bank clerk, a kind of human overdraft for his crazy ideas, has put an end to the bridge plan. The Treasury has thus far saved a measly £15bn, a modest contribution to getting public finances back on track. The sultans of the fad have made sure the headlines have made it clear that it was he who euthanized the prime minister’s latest pet project.

The then Mayor of London rides a ‘Boris bike’ in 2015

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The then Mayor of London rides a ‘Boris bike’ in 2015

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