Prime Minister Boris Johnson has had some mad ideas in his time, London’s Garden Bridge, the Thames Estuary Airport (Boris Island), Brexit.
But according to the Sunday Times, he has gone one further and suggested using the Isle of Man as a roundabout at the centre of a series of tunnels linking Great Britain with the island of Ireland.
The Times says Boris ordered officials to look at building four tunnels connecting to an ‘underground roundabout beneath the Isle of Man’.
Political Editor Tim Shipman writes: ‘Officials proposed three starting points: at Stranraer, Heysham, near Lancaster, and one near Liverpool.’
A gov source said “The idea was that these three tunnels would meet in a giant roundabout underneath the Isle of Man and the tunnel to Ireland would start there. Everyone knows Boris wants to do this so people were asked to look at how.”
The Times goes on to say that officials close to the PM have said the idea is “batshit” and said it’s Boris’ “Fuhrer bunker project”.
While it seems highly unlikely the UK will be building a roundabout under Ronague, if for no other reason than we don’t really like or use roundabouts properly here, it does make us think of another idea that would’ve seen the become the new capital of Brexit Britain.
Eric Wong, a Masters graduate from London’s Bartlett School of Architecture, tackled the issue of reuniting the divided UK for his final year project, creating an illustrated blueprint for a truly united UK with the Isle of Man as its capital. The little fact that the island is not part of the UK seems to have been slightly ignored by Mr Wong.
He even said: ‘Relocating Britain’s capital may appear totally fanciful and farfetched but such a move has been considered in the past to the regions of Lancashire and York – a more geographic centre. The relocation to the Isle of Man would see a radical geographical redistribution of wealth and ease pressures on London’s transport and housing market.’
It seems the major factor behind his idea was that the island would be equidistant to London, Cardiff, Belfast and Edinburgh. And in Wong’s vision, there are increased provisions for clean water, sustainable energy resources, and more land for housing. The new city would also become a safe haven for refugees.
However, while people may look favourably on these fanciful ideas, the only thing they have in common is they are both insane.