Air traffic requirements for Britain are today’s PoliNews*1 subject and, for once, Boris is right. Dave, as usual is wrong and incapable of vision.
This blog, and meBook, are largely about how and why the party political system is incapable of rational thought. We need, instead, a system of infrastructure and resource planning that can think 30-50 years into the future.
Time after time cockups of such gravity have been made that it makes my teeth hurt and none of the perpetrators are ever called to account.
Here are some salient points, all of which would drive a rational decision maker to the inescapable conclusion that a new airport away from people is the obvious and only long term answer. Anything else adds to pollution, misery for people under the flightpath, years of disruption in an already overpopulated area and in any case will need unpicking by our grand children.
1) The South East is desperate for new housing, So use the land, once Heathrow is demolished, for houses, parks and woodland. Simples!
2) Pollution is reduced; forever!
3) The air becomes quite again; forever! (People become happier… Oops, economically irrelevant, sorry)
4) Logic would tell us that air travel will diminish in 30 years, rather than keep expanding. Those who argue for continuing economic growth are just not thinking clearly. We the people of this earth need smaller and more local solutions to food and resource management. The Chinese experiment with capitalism is doomed to failure, it simply cannot go on consuming more and more like us; there just ain’t enough stuff to feed, clothe and maintain an ever unchecked and increasing population.
*1 PoliNews – that which the media deem to be newsworthy according to the redefinition of Politics (See *2)
*2 “Politics” as defined in the Oxford English Dictionary “Of , belonging or pertaining to the state or body of citizens, its government and policy, especially in civil and secular affairs”.
“Politics” as defined in common usage today, “the discussion of how what ‘someone’ said might be perceived by ‘others’ and whether or not this will damage their ‘credibility’. And, can we fit it into the slot time available?”