Heathrow; The graveyard of the May administration?

Mrs May’s decision to allow the building of a third runway at Heathrow may prove fatal to her administration. Her government is weak by constantly attempting to be all things to all men, and this decision shows how much she in thrall to powerful business lobbies.

We do not want, as Boris Johnson put it so aptly today, ‘London to be ‘a city of planes’ just as New York is a city of skyscrapers, or Paris a city of exquisite building and boulevards’. Nor do we want the Chinese Government as Britain’s electricity meter reader, with one hand on the Hinkley Point’s mains switch if we don’t pay our bills. And who wants the monstrosity of HS2 wrecking a beautiful part of the English countryside just to satisfy a few oafish champagne swiggers in British business?

Nobody ever wanted 4 million immigrants from the third world. Mrs May had the chance to do something about this when she was Home Secretary by sacking a number of Home Office officials whose mishandling of immigration has wrecked our country. She did nothing. Worse, there is a suspicion that the same powerful officials who controlled her while she was Home Secretary, were responsible for seeing her into 10 Downing Street.

The windsock at Heathrow must surely be pointing to a early election. If Zac Goldsmith’s constituency votes Liberal Democrat, and it will, rumblings will be heard in the Tory ranks. If she holds a general election to assert her authority it will only serve to undermine it. She will be forced to to show her hand over Brexit not only to Brussels (the only hand she has got are WTO rules) but to the Tory shires. The latter will panic. They shouldn’t, WTO rules are not only a very good idea, there is no alternative – it is just nobody wants to say so. She will increase her majority but by no means by the number of seats she could get given the weakness of Labour. Brussels, the BBC and business will immediately light on this as the thumbs down to Brexit. She will have to resign.

Who will be next Prime Minster? Watching Boris Johnson rubbishing the third Heathrow runway this afternoon, you could see the battle light in his eyes.



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7 Comments on Heathrow; The graveyard of the May administration?

  1. I thought that the group that campaigned against the building of a third runway at Heathrow had been successful in stopping the building of a third runway there a couple of years ago. What’s happened? One may compare oneself to the Victorians building infrastructure but there is a limit. Aircraft noise is an increasing problem & needs to be tackled. The HS2 is only for a relative few. To be indifferent to the people who suffer from aircraft noise is completely callous. Perhaps some people will never be happy until the whole country is concrete. Profits? Entrepreneurship? Not to the extent of befouling the country. I suppose it might be argued that these projects create jobs, but we wouldn’t need them if companies didn’t keep exporting them & people didn’t keep innovating due to competition.

    • Aircraft noise is a decreasing problem. Planes are quieter and getting consistently more quiet. Lets have a sense of reality here. And did you just argue against innovation?

  2. The British people should thank whatever higher power they believe in that PM May has the courage to make (locally) unpopular decisions for the good of Britain as a whole. Heathrow has needed enlargement for decades but cowardly politicians have wilted in the face of the narrow minded Nimbyism of a few west London constituencies. Heathrow is a huge generator of economic wealth, and considering the economic shitstorm that is coming for Britain as a result of this insane BREXIT vote you lot are going to need every last economic generator you can get. Zac Goldsmith and Boris Johnson are a pair of posturing pansy boys, Theresa May should have no problem nailing their effeminate scroti to a suitable boat anchor; “so you all want to starve?”. After sops like Blair, Brown and Cameron a little steel should be very welcome.

    • Stand on an overhead bridge on the MI motorway any afternoon and watch the river of traffic screaming past in what was once England, now a mad offshoot of the growth at any cost brigade. Why not concrete England over entirely and fill it with fast food shops (we are the size of Maryland) and bursting with ‘refugees’ now with a population of 70 million. It was 43 million in the seventies. Heathrow 3 will double the number of flights into London from 400,000 to 700,000 at present a plane lands every 34 secs at Heathrow. The noise is incredible, starts at 4 am in the morning. The tube which is so packed with mindless tourists you cannot squeeze yourself on it. Oxford is overrun with gawping tourists eating Macs and throwing away the paper. They have no idea why they are there, travel companies just bring them. Fortunately the colleges keep them locked out. I would go further and have class police at our frontiers making sure that only the right people; able to play Mozart, recite the King James, list the Enlgish monarchs, with basic Latin, and not wearing those ridiculous tennis shoes, and what I understand are called ‘cells’ were allowed out or in. Roger’s ideas are so wearisomely out of date

      • We are an overcrowded island. That is true. It does not automatically follow from that that all infrastructure building is a bad thing. More tube lines will not concrete over any land. High Speed rail will take traffic and freight off the roads. And an enlarged Heathrow will enable us to do more trade with more and wider flung parts of the world than ever before. We should be seeking to emulate the Merchant Adventurers of old. None of this implies more fast food outlets or ‘refugees’.

      • Miles,
        The population of England is 53 million. Yes, the London area is a busy place, it is and has been for centuries one of the worlds leading cities. You had better hope that those gawping tourists keep coming as the tourism business is crucial to England’s economic well being, actually more than that; survival. The problem is Miles that what you describe and abhor, is. What you pine for, isn’t. The reality is, and I have said this before on this site, that England has a food deficit, a fuel deficit, a technology deficit, a technical skills deficit, a work ethic deficit, and financially current account and trade deficits. The English people had better start embracing business, profit, work and entrepreneurship, if they don’t then look to Greece or Venezuela for a glimpse into your future.
        Theresa May has shown courage in making this decision, it may not be popular in Richmond but then nobody living in Richmond today has ever been in doubt about the proximity of Heathrow airport, if you can’t stand it, move, you can certainly trade a property in Richmond for somewhere quieter and there will be plenty of buyers who don’t mind the noise.
        “Wearisomely out of date”? We will see.

  3. Building real infrastructure was a significant part of what made Victorian Britain so remarkable, the railways, sewers, docks and water systems. All built with an eye to the future. And all opposed with the same arguments voiced today against building projects. I have actually read a serious objection to High Speed railway in the Daily Telegraph that it would ‘scare the horses’ in local fields. I do not joke, that was an actual objection. It is a good thing to rise above the everyday and build for the future. We should be building more, not less. Let us build another Severn bridge. And a Motorway between Newcastle and Scotland. And High Speed railway across the land. Let’s build a North-South Crossrail, let’s build a comprehensive broadband network across the nation. Let’s emulate the Victorians and rediscover our drive and energy and inventiveness and build the future.