BUSINESS secretary Vince Cable called London a “giant suction machine” and warned that the capital is “draining life out of the rest of the country” yesterday.
He made the comments during an interview on BBC Radio 4, while discussing plans to extend Heathrow airport and making the case for regional expansion instead. Calling Sir Howard Davies’ report “very well argued,” the Liberal Democrat minister said: “One of the big problems that we have at the moment, which I don’t think the report sufficiently addresses, is that London is becoming a kind of giant suction machine, draining the life out of the rest of the country. More balance in that respect would be helpful.”
Cable’s comments have prompted Boris Johnson to wade in and accuse the minister of “talking rubbish.” The mayor added: “This city is the motor of the UK economy, and the gateway to recovery across the country, attracting record levels of overseas investment, all of which is helping, not hindering, recovery.”