Not that you'd know from the news coverage, but there are some people outside of the Cabinet who are in favour of a third runway and sixth terminal at Heathrow.
The reason I am in favour is pretty straight forward: I want the UK to remain a najor business nation.
It goes something like this: Heathrow is a hub. People fly in from all over the world and connect with flights to other countries. A few can go by rail if they are coming to the UK but most are going to other countries. The 3rd runway is for smaller aircraft and will serve European destinations. People flying in from say Ottawa, who have to change at their hub in Toronto, cannot fly to many European destinations and need a hub such as Heathrow or Frankfurt. They can then fly from Heathrow or Frankfurt to Athens, Turkey, Spain etc. It’s not a difficult concept to grasp.
Alas, Tory MP for Putney Justine Greening hasn't managed to do that. The silly girl is playing around with the watermelons from Plane Stupid.
To compare it to other things that we have to put up with on a day to day basis, I will use the words a reader has sent me:
I live under the flight path of planes taking off from Heathrow and it matters not one jot. Better a hundred aircraft that a couple of Blair’s feral youths screaming inanities in the street outside.
...to see a Conservative MP associating with plane stupid is bad enough, but they are just a transient mob of second rate university children enjoying themselves.
The Green Lobby are known as watermelons for a simple reason: They might be green on the outside but on the inside they're as red as socialist blood. They're the kind of people who are opposed to nuclear power meaning that as a country we're now reliant on oil and gas supplies from unstable countries such as Russia. One only needs to ask a Ukrainan how they feel on that particular issue to understand that it's not the most desirable situation to be in. France, on the other hand, don't have that trouble. They produce lots of energy from nuclear and no one talks about that disaster at the French nuclear power station for the simple reason that there hasn't been one. Comparing Chernobyl to a modern nuclear facility is like comparing an SLK to a Lada.
But Plane Stupid and their ilk, grasping their sociology degree certificates, don't like to trouble themselves with things like reality. Their parents have always ensured that they have a nice, warm place to live with heating and lighting and plugs for their slo cookers.
They and their celebrity supporters haven't got as far as thinking that in a recession, the tens of thousands of people who work at Heathrow might like to continue having a job and being able to pay the steadily rising (thanks, green lobby) energy bills.
They'd rather prance around Terminal 1, being terminally ignorant and getting in the way of people who have jobs to do and lives to live, minus a fucking beany hat and a dish of lentils.
Fuck off. Get a haircut. Get and job and stop trying to drag us back to the stone age. Or the 1950s.