George Osborne has done more than any other politician in recent times to boost infrastructure projects. The creation of the Commission is though an implicit recognition that even he has not gone far enough, quickly enough.
The team of Commissioners now in place around Lord Adonis as chair is impressive. More important though is their experience. This they can use to challenge, cajole and maybe even force decisions to be taken.
For the Chancellor, the work of the Commission also has very personal implications. If he cannot succeed in delivering infrastructure then his chances of becoming the next leader of the Conservative Party will be severely curtailed.
Infrastructure isn’t some obscure concept – it’s about people’s lives, economic security and the sort of country we want to live in. That’s why I am determined to shake Britain out of its inertia on infrastructure and end the situation where we trail our rivals when it comes to building everything from the housing to the power stations that our children will need. We need to think long-term and deliver a cross-party consensus on what we need to build. I am delighted Andrew Adonis and this world-class group of experts have agreed to come together on the National Infrastructure Commission to help us do that.