Heathrow is facing air quality issues that simply cannot be overcome. If the best they can offer is a ham-fisted proposal that would severely impact small businesses and drivers across London then today should be the day that the idea of a Heathrow expansion is knocked on the head for good.
Imagine this. You live on a relatively quiet road on the way out of town. There's a bit of traffic as some people use your road on their way home but you expected that when you moved in. One day, you wake up and overnight bulldozers have turned your road into a motorway with car after car rushing past your house. You later find out that because the council is only 'trialling' the change, nobody had to tell you about it.
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For now though, we can only hope that the government will make the right choice for British business and the economy in general, by taking a proper look at airport expansion in the South East.
We need more people to take a stand against the bullying might of the industries that are trashing our only planet, and we need more voices to be heard in defence of our only home. Sending the Heathrow 13 to prison? That's just plain stupid. And it won't stop them either - as they said after the verdict, they're 'in it for the long haul.' In terms of the planet, so are we all.
But the reason that we keep circling back to Heathrow is not just because it is the right technical solution. But because it is the only politically deliverable solution. No other UK airport offers value to every nation and region of the UK. Which, incidentally, is also why it is the only UK airport which is full - and it has been for a decade now.
As we enter 2016, it is clear that the centre of gravity of the airport expansion debate has changed. The momentum is now with Gatwick as people increasingly recognise it is the only deliverable option for the country. The choice is clear. Groundhog Day with illegal expansion at Heathrow and Britain losing out again or guaranteed growth at Gatwick as we choose to be the builders and see Britain reaping the benefits. The answer is obvious.
When examining any issue there is an old saying that you should always follow the money. I have nothing at all against companies being owned by overseas investors. However I do take objection to overseas owners of Heathrow continually lecturing the British public over what is best for British people and for the overall UK economy.
Heathrow's third runway has been a political football for a number of successive governments. But after the Airports Commission's recommendations this summer, it is about to be kicked out of the long grass.