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Josh

Rubbish. Skies are overcrowded because they can't use the runways as efficiently as they should. Mixed mode is a no-brainer. And I don't think career politicians are the best people to start offering opinions on how to manage the skies safely.

I also hate this NIMBY crap. A world class city needs a world class airport. Some people have got to live near it. Actually that's a lie. They don't, yet they choose to. If it's so bad, move somewhere else.

Richard

"They don't, yet they choose to. If it's so bad, move somewhere else."

The problem is that they can't raise enough money from the sale of their houses (if they manage to sell them at all) because of the location.

Come to think of it, who was there first?

Andy Stidwill

Although I sympathize with the residents near Heathrow, the fact is if London is to retain its status as a global capital, this third runway must be allowed to go ahead.

Matt Davis

The answer Richard is that in the main it was the airport that was there first.

If there is no third runway at Heathrow then there will simply need to be an increase in air traffic at Gatwick, Stansted (most likely option) or Luton instead. So either we concentrate the nuisance where it is already or spread it out over ever larger parts of London. Not a nice choice to have to make but it is the reality.

comstock

Not so much NIMBYs , Josh, as NMIMBYs, No More In My Back Yard. These people are putting up with enough already. London already has the existing capacity at Heathrow, plus Stanstead, Luton, Gatwick and the small London City Airport.

Plus the new runway is gonna trash existing villages, those people won't have a back yard left!

david

The Tories are beginning to be the anti-aviation party, a third runway is both desirable and necessary. Back in the 70/80's Freddie Laker was a national hero, he attained iconic status for Tories, If he were alive today, Cameron and his pals would be calling for him to be burnt at the stake!!

comstock

a third runway is both desirable and necessary

Won't the capacity just fill up...and then what? A fourth runway? A fifth?

(I'm saying this as someone who is sceptical of man's role in global warming BTW)

Surrey Boy

Chris Grayling, John Gummer, Oliver Letwin, Julian Brazier all privately believe there should be a third runway at Heathrow, so methinks Bray and her fellow wingers are likely to be over-ruled. Sorry guys.

comstock

Chris Grayling, John Gummer, Oliver Letwin, Julian Brazier all privately believe there should be a third runway at Heathrow

John Gummer was on telly only the other week banging on about climate change, and how it affected his 'low lying' Suffolk constituency! Like I say I'm a sceptic, but he really should make his ruddy mind up!!

(tbh until I saw him on telly I assumed he had retired years ago)


comstock

BTW I think this, and the subsequent comments is an interesting illustration of how your party is effectively an unholy alliance of two very different idologies....those for whom Conservative means wanting to conserve and those who believe in the free market.I think the two are incompatitable in this case.

Kevin

Comstock: "your party is effectively an unholy alliance of two very different idologies....those for whom Conservative means wanting to conserve and those who believe in the free market.I think the two are incompatitable in this case."

But exactly the same can be said of the Labour Party. I grew up in the coalfield of north Nottinghamshire in the 1970s/80s, where the local Labour party was and still is dominated by miners and their families. Economically left-wing and socially very right-wing, they are the very opposite of Blair and utterly incompatible with the Islington-intelligensia wing of the party.

comstock

But exactly the same can be said of the Labour Party

You are indeed correct, Kevin.

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