Vince Cable and Peter Mandelson clashed over airport capacity at The Times CEO Summit today.
Dr Cable argued that the problem has been politically impossible to deal with since the 1960s. “No,” said Lord Mandelson. Labour had grasped this difficult issue and decided to go ahead with the third runway. The coalition had casually ditched the plan. In its place? Nothing.
The audience was with Lord Mandelson and wasn’t prepared to accept Dr Cable’s riposte (it would take ten years to get another runway, in the wrong place).
So if Labour wants to win over some business support then airport capacity might be a crucial issue.