Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Royal Flight

A third runway at Heathrow? How much does the Queen want for Windsor Castle? Anything that anyone would now pay for it, I expect.

It was bad enough spending the week in what the West End had become, but she's not spending the weekend under those same people's sodding aeroplanes, too.

She remains the Head of State of eight independents countries in the Caribbean, plus another with a Caribbean coastline.

That sea also washes four British Overseas Territories, and then there is Bermuda.

She's off.

Of course, if she still wants to avoid aviation altogether, then she should move to St Helena.

Speaking of small islands, that is what lies behind today's decision.

If you have a British concept of distance, then Gatwick is a long way from the centre of London.

But it isn't if you are American, or Continental European, or Russian, or Indian, or Chinese.


  1. It's a great time to move to Richmond. House prices will be low and you can hold all-night raves since it's not as if anyone can reasonably complain about the noise.

    Local businesses will also be booming.

  2. Trade unions and businesses are, for once, United on this.

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    Third runway at Heathrow cleared for takeoff by ministers
    By Chris Johnston
    Business reporter
    50 minutes ago
    From the section Business
    Heathrow airportImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES
    The government has approved a third runway at Heathrow to expand UK airport capacity.
    Ministers approved the long-awaited decision at a cabinet committee meeting on Tuesday.
    Transport Secretary Chris Grayling called the decision "truly momentous" and said expansion would improve the UK's connections with the rest of the world and support trade and jobs.
    He will make a statement to the House of Commons about 13:00.

    Media captionTransport Secretary Chris Grayling says it's the best deal for Britain
    A wide range of unions and business groups welcomed the decision to expand Heathrow.

    TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady said it was "absolutely vital for Britain", while CBI chief Paul Drechsler said it would create jobs and boost economic growth.

    1. They frequently are. Voters, however, are a different matter.

      Still, this is what Theresa May's German-style corporatism often looks like. When the big unions and the big employers' union are agreed, then that's that.