Thursday, 15 January 2009
Heathrow's 3rd runway
So Heathrow's 3rd runway is going ahead. I'm upset. Not for the reason our Green friend above would have you believe. I actually think Gordon Brown managed to push this bullshit through based on the fact that he knows "Green policy" doesn't mean shit in the eyes of the average voter. If the prevalent voice against the runway was that of the people whose homes will be destroyed and those who live nearby who will now live in sonic hell then I don't think he could have made this call so easily, despite pressure from "Business leaders". Of course this is a "Government of business" which has worked out well so far. The idea that you can run around calling everything "Green" to the extent that you're making 100w light bulbs illegal and in the same breath extend an airport over one of the most densely populated areas in the UK is incredible. This "Green gesturing" needs to stop because nobody believes it.
2000 people will be forced to leave their homes and 600 extra flights will pass over London every day. Add that to the fact that we'll now have a roadblock M4 and M25 and I'm struggling to see exactly who Gordon Brown has consulted. He's already told Parliament that he won't be seeking parliamentary approval although the Lib Dems and Tories are expected to force a vote. Word on the grapevine is that within the Labour offices, the 3rd Runway is in the early stages of being branded "Green Heathrow". Genius.