Grant Shapps, Conservative housing minister in the Coalition cabinet has signalled government support for the revival of one of Labour's most useless, fuckwitted and hypocritical ideas, a third runway at Heathrow Airport.
"Britain must consider building a third runway at Heathrow if it is to remain a great trading nation”, Shapps said yesterday. FFS, what panet is he on.
Little Nicky has blogged about this back in the days when Gordon (Psycho) Brown was battering dissidents to death with the office telephone and threatening that anyone who obstructed his plan to suspend planning laws and fast track plans for Heathrow to get runways 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 would be taken outside and shot.
Not only is it stupid, because very little freight is moved by air, the biggest airfreight jets having a payload of around 150 tons (the equivalent of three standard freight containers) while a small container ship with a 15,000 ton payload can move 1000, the equivalent of 300 trips for airfreight and the the Emma Maersk, one of the bigggest container ships in the world with a payload of over 200,000 tons can shift ten thousand containers at a time.
Airports are for moving people around and with the communication ability the internet, cellular telephony and modern telephone networks give us we should have less rather than more need to shift people from continent to continent.
Heathrow runway 3 is a vanity project and exposes government hypocrisy. Why would anyone, Labour, Conservative or Lib Dem who was ever serious about "greening the economy" support such a carbon intensive idea. Unless they are all going to stand up and admit all that "climate science" bollocks was just a scam to justify banging a tax on domestic fuel.