Tue Feb 16, 2021 9:40 pm
I try to make it personal for Shapps, in the hope that by using his name, he or one of his minions would take on board the collective GA gnashing of teeth, and everyone seems to reply with an excuse and a shoulder shrug for him, "well, you can't expect much from politicians". Talk about giving up before a shot is fired! Wake up everyone, Grant Shapps swanked into town boasting about all he could do for GA, and you're all going to let him off with, "typical politician, innit? What about holding him to account? Perhaps people don't deserve to have politicians to do their bidding if that's the most determination that can be mustered. Could this be the reason why politicians often don't seem to bother once elected? For the sake of all the deities, why don't we at least try to hold his feet to the fire?
I've seen the (to me, hugely dubious) suggestion that we are all going to contribute vast amounts of our personal, and in most cases, small fortunes to buying up airfields (which are worth multi-millions) get more interest and credence. We pay the bloody politicians, we have a hand in choosing them, why not ask for something from them, particularly when promises have been made and not delivered upon?
This is the forum of a widely read and respected aviation monthly, surely it can be used to exert some leverage on our democratically appointed representatives.
How about it Bossman @Edseager? I've heard some admirable rants from you on the Thursday night livestream, could we not do some sort of a campaign? I can see the front of Flyer now, "Is Grant Shapps just another transparent Westminster windbag, or will he deliver for GA as promised"?
If something isn't done in planning law to protect what is left, I really wonder what the future holds for all of us. As Ed and Dave would say, "rant over".