UK airport capacity

Wednesday, 29 August 2012 10:30

Heathrow - the last place to consider expansion

Here in the UK we have a serious problem in our current coalition government as far as transport policy goes - lack of vision.

Ask anyone who has travelled through Heathrow airport whether they enjoyed the experience and listen carefully to what they say. You will be left in no doubt about whether or not any expansion of Heathrow should ever be considered, quite apart from the fact that Heathrow is foreign-owned, which means that profits go to enrich Spain, although that country does need the help!

Transport policy funnels air passengers through Heathrow. My home in in the North West of the UK, I can not fly to western Canada directly from anywhere but Heathrow, which means spending 6 hours catching the train to Manchester airport, waiting around, flying to Heathrow etc etc only to fly directly over my own house. A complete waste of 6 hours of my time and everyone else unless they happen to live near Heathrow. Heathrow has no mainline railway connection which is a pathetic situation continually overlooked by everyone.

Neither is Manchester a suitable airport to expand because it is built on a tiny piece of land with no room for expansion.

We need vision. Give us an international hub in the north, with a new motorway spur, a new mainline railway line linked to the main trunk routes located within easy reach of the population. You'll know it's right when you hear the howls of protest from Heathrow's owners and the owners of every other airport in concert, then stop pussy-footing around and get on with building it!

 

Jeremy Hunt says the unthinkable and he's right

Friday, 08 October 2010 06:53

Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt tells parents they should not have children if they can't pay for their offspring, what a welcome breath of fresh air in politics. This is the message David Cameron should be giving off too.

Why should the state pay for more population to be created?

Family Allowance was created after the war to encourage women out of the workplace because they had taken up the jobs of men who were fighting, and to encourage the production of children to replace those killed in the war. 60 years later and we're still forking out money for everyone's kids, it's madness!

We need LESS children, LESS population - that means more for those that are around instead of a life of sub-standard living because there are not enough houses and jobs to go around.

On top of that realise that all those who come here from other EU countries draw benefits for their children back home and you can see why the UK is a magnet.

LESS children is the future but no politician is willing to say it.

The easy way to cut child benefits without hurting any child is to scrap child benefit completely for any child born after 39 weeks from the announcement, that would mean that children who were 'on the way' now would still be supported but all the new ones would be the responsibility of their parents. Common sense, which means it's unlikely to happen.

 

UK population being spun on Afghanistan

Saturday, 31 July 2010 16:24

The government's spin machine is now working flat out to convince the UK population that the cost of the war both in financial terms and body bags is worth going on.

Yes, today we are told that UK troops have uncovered a bomb making factory and thanks to their efforts the world is now safe!

It's straight off the pages of Orwell's 1984, we are being told a story based on the merest triffles of information.

The public is being taken for fools, we are asked to pay for the war and stomach the consequences of more body bags, greater costs day by day. We all know it's wrong, but there are too few of us that are willing to stand up and tell Dave that he's got it wrong.

   

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