Azara Blog: A small number of people protest against third runway at Heathrow

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Date published: 2008/05/31

The BBC says:

Thousands of campaigners opposed to plans for a third runway at Heathrow joined a protest rally outside the west London airport.

An estimated 3,000 protesters marched from Hatton Cross to Sipson, the village that would be lost if the planned runway goes ahead.

They then gathered to form a giant "NO", that could be seen from the air.

Campaigners say the planned expansion would have a serious impact on hundreds of thousands of homes in the area.

But business groups and airlines claim the third runway is essential.
Protester Anna Serdaris, 50, from Athens, said: "We have the same problem at Athens airport and I felt I needed to show my support.

"It's ironic that I've had to fly here this morning to protest against airport expansion but people need to listen."
Event organiser Tamsin Omond heralded the demonstration a success.

She said: "We've had 3,000 people make the effort to come out here and tell the government we don't want a third runway. And it's not just the usual suspects."

Gee whiz, a whole 3000. That certainly merited coverage on the BBC (two stories, not just one). Unfortunately as usual the BBC did not bother challenging the arguments of the protestors (well, perhaps because their only argument is that they don't like airports, but that would be being too kind to the BBC).

Omond is incorrect in her assertion. It was just the usual suspects: disgruntled locals and the standard academic middle class protestors. It would be interesting to know how many of the protestors themselves fly. But of course, it's ok for the academic middle class to fly, it's just the peasants who should be denied the privilege.

Needless to say, on this score Serdaris takes the prize for hypocrisy (although she calls it "irony" because it sounds better). She has obviously not listened to her own message. But, again, she evidently believes it is ok for her to fly if it prevents other people from flying. Just like some anti-abortionists believe it is ok to kill in order to stop other people from "killing", even though killing is allegedly wrong.

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