Fri Feb 14, 2020 1:41 pm
Broadly I think that Grant Shapps, who I don't know personally but have observed the work of, is a Good Thing, and we should be glad he's sticking around.
Far more encouraging however, is that Sajiv Javid is off. From what I pick up from the views of those whose job it is to know these things, his departure is probably a very good thing for any community in Britain who wishes to see support from government. What I hear is that SJ's political stance is ultra noninterventionist: he is very against taxpayers money being spent on business and research development type work. That is of course, the complete opposite of BJ's general view on life - he is well known for liking spending money to achieve stuff.
I suspect it wasn't the main reason BJ forced SJ to resign, but I imagine this was in the mix. His departure may well be the best thing for GA, and many other industries, and Grant Shapps is a virtual irrelevance.
Professionally I'm seeing real signs (for example google "Future Flight Challenge") of UK government starting to support GA industry development, but I rather doubt that would have continued to the same extent if SJ had stayed in place and built his powerbase behind a low-spend low-intervention philosophy.
I am Spartacus, and so is my co-pilot.