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barbados
480556.  Thu Jan 15, 2009 4:49 pm Reply with quote

John McDonnell is on the receiving end of a parliamentary sanction, a 5 day suspension after a protest on the government's plan to allow the third runway at Heathrow Airport.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/7830937.stm

Is the third runway really the answer, or would the preferred plan of Johnston to build a new airport in the Thames Estuary a better plane?

 
Davini994
480770.  Thu Jan 15, 2009 11:26 pm Reply with quote

Barbados wrote:
Is the third runway really the answer, or would the preferred plan of Johnston to build a new airport in the Thames Estuary a better plane?

Ho ho ho.

The better plan would be to increase capacity away from the capital; a large percentage of the traffic is from people who don't live there. Having people travel down to get a flight is ridiculous.

I think we've discussed this before.

 
barbados
480788.  Fri Jan 16, 2009 2:18 am Reply with quote

If only I'd looked in the right place.

Trouble with being a man though, if it is in immediate view, it isn't there at all ;)

On a serious side though, I was quite intrigued by the Mace incident, It's not the first time it's happened either.

 
CB27
481047.  Fri Jan 16, 2009 7:42 am Reply with quote

Did someone say Tarzan?

 
dr.bob
481230.  Fri Jan 16, 2009 10:22 am Reply with quote

Inspired by recent events in the US, perhaps they should ditch the idea of building a third runway at Heathrow and just land planes on the Thames instead.

 
Froj
481372.  Fri Jan 16, 2009 12:34 pm Reply with quote

When I first saw the headline 'MP suspended after mace protest', I thought he'd used mace spray on someone. It was a bit disappointing to watch the video and just see someone wandering around with a big golden stick.

 
Davini994
481420.  Fri Jan 16, 2009 1:46 pm Reply with quote

BBC wrote:
During a statement by Transport Secretary Geoff Hoon on Heathrow Mr McDonnell left his seat, grabbed the mace - which dates from the reign of Charles II - and put it down on an empty bench on the Labour side of the House.

While doing so, he shouted: "It's a disgrace to the democracy of this country."

I think I probably approve of this sort of thing; far better than the hairgelled soulless psychopaths that are more usual.

 
Moosh
481429.  Fri Jan 16, 2009 2:00 pm Reply with quote

I sincerely hope my MP was representing me at this point by doing what I would have done, ie. shout "Fight! Fight! Fight!".


Sorry, I don't have anything actually useful to add.

 
Persephoneshe
481454.  Fri Jan 16, 2009 2:41 pm Reply with quote

What we need before a third runway is a complete overhaul of the transport system through the rest of the country - what an unglamorous and ludicrously expensive idea - so after a snigger at the ludicrous naivety of such a suggestion let's let it all grind to a halt and build a far more exciting third runway instead.

Personally I think a judiciously slung bucket of ground white pepper might have been more effective...

 
Ion Zone
481456.  Fri Jan 16, 2009 2:47 pm Reply with quote

Why don't they just build them at sea?


Its been done before.

 
mustfly
481461.  Fri Jan 16, 2009 2:58 pm Reply with quote

Why do we in Britain always try to stop the inevitable? There will be a 3rd runway, just like there always was going to be a Terminal 5. So let's stop wasting time and money and get on with the construction. Besides, it's good for the economy and employment and that could do with some help right now.

 
bobwilson
481646.  Fri Jan 16, 2009 6:49 pm Reply with quote

Good point mustfly - and while we're at it, sooner or later we're going to release a genetically engineered pathogen into the atmosphere so we might as well just do that now too, and get it over with.

And it's absolutely inevitable that there'll be a motorway pile-up at some time in the future (with fantastic employment opportunities for ambulance crews, fire engines, clean-up specialists, not to mention law firms) - so perhaps we should just get on and get that out of the way too?

 
Posital
481653.  Fri Jan 16, 2009 6:57 pm Reply with quote

Ion Zone wrote:
Why don't they just build them at sea?

Its been done before.


Yes - but the plane is still floating down the Hudson River...


mustfly wrote:
Why do we in Britain always try to stop the inevitable?


Inevitably, the universe will end - that's why we built the LHC.

 
bobwilson
481678.  Fri Jan 16, 2009 7:31 pm Reply with quote

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Yes - but the plane is still floating down the Hudson River...


Give that man a guest appearance on the News Quiz.

 
AndyMcH
481701.  Fri Jan 16, 2009 8:25 pm Reply with quote

Am I wrong to simply not give two hoots either way?

 

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