BAA (British Airports Authority) is buying up housing stock around Stansted airport, turning long-established villages into ghost towns, and so smoothing the way toward approval for another runway. BAA apparently says

it has no choice but to expand Britain’s airports. It points out that Heathrow is now full all the time and Gatwick and Stansted cannot take any more flights. At the same time, demand for cheap flying continues unabated. In south-east England, it is predicted to increase from 117 million passengers in 2000 to 300 million in 2030.

Poppycock (- from nineteenth century Dutch dialect, pappekak, meaning ‘soft dung’), of course it has a choice. Talk about evading responsibility in favour of an economic form of fundamentalism, aka willingly selling one’s soul to the mythical economy machine.

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