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There are two ways to interpret the UK government’s decision to delay the findings of the Airport Commission until after the next election. Either the government has no confidence in being re-elected and would prefer tough decisions to go to a different leadership, or it is essentially lily-livered and doesn’t want voters to be dissuaded by its airport plans. Neither puts it in a good light, when the connections between air travel and economic growth are so well-known. Anyway, Sir Howard Davies (pictured) was up before the Transport Committee yesterday, after suffering a weekend of “vulgar abuse” from Tory London Mayor Boris Johnson.

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