Pussyfooting around infrastructure

One definition of “pussyfooting” discovered by Infrastructure Investor was “to move stealthily or warily”. This is not something that outspoken London Mayor Boris Johnson is ever likely to be accused of – and it’s no surprise to find that he views it as a weakness in others.

In fact, the object of his derision was no less than fellow Conservative and UK Prime Minister David Cameron. Urging the PM to throw money at major infrastructure projects such as the Crossrail 2 north-south rail link for London and a new hub airport in the Thames Estuary, Johnson told the Evening Standard newspaper:

“This is the time to be ambitious about London and what it can do for Britain. One of the ways of doing that would be to commit to further infrastructure — Crossrail 2, more river crossings, a massive house building programme for the city. The government needs to stop pussyfooting around.” He also attacked the government’s “institutional inertia”.

Some wondered whether Johnson’s remarks may hint at an ambition to one day replace Cameron in the top job. When it comes to telling the British public whether he’s interested in the role or not, surely he won’t pussyfoot around the issue? That just wouldn’t be Boris.