Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Thamesmead residents embarass local MP on airport expansion

Word reaches us that the MP for Erith and Thamesmead, John Austin, was present a special event in Thamesmead run by Friends of the Earth about what people could do in relation to climate change. We've been informed that Mr Austin gave a rip-roaring speech where he boasted of his commitment to reducing Co2 emissions in relation to the Government's Climate Change bill, but also, that he wanted to push for greater restriction on aviation as well.

Yes dear reader that's right, the MP for the area that has not been consulted about significant aviation expansion less than a mile from its border is apparently very concerned about the impact of aviation on the environment. Our spies also inform us that Mr Austin found himself questioned about this apparent hypocrisy and his response has caused us great amusement here.

He informed the room that he had only learned about the expansion a few days before - reading this website was he?

2 Comments:

Anonymous The Council Baiter said...

Nice article in The Mercury, page 2, this week on this very issue.

It seems John Austin MP will only be objecting to night flights (of which there are none and none are proposed in the application) and weekend flights (again weekend flights are not going to be affected by the 40,000 extra flights). So he isn't actually objecting against the application at all in any way!

More dumbed down labour pr spin me thinks.

Consultation still looks like it may not happen - and it seems that John Austin has forgotten his committment to reducing Co2 emissions - this is unless you drive a car of course and then he wants to make it as difficult as possible for you.

12:33 pm  
Anonymous The Council Baiter said...

I've noticed that the Community have set up a petition against the expansion of City Airport flights:

http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/Notomoreflights/

6:25 am  

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