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Paranoia over power cuts and Heathrow controlled for £13.75


Why am I paranoid? The electricity has spiked three times over the festive period, I know because the answer machine robotically informs me "The answer machine is on ", the Sky box switches off and in extreme cases I have 30 seconds to defuse the burglar alarm. It can only be a matter of time before the gas goes off as well. That is probably why I spent £13:75 at the local chinese supermarket on a portable gas stove made by that well known brand Korea Foods... Still if Korea can knock out, ship and deliver a high spec unit like this, for under £14 this household is now virtually self sufficent and ready for the real snow and power cuts certainly due in mid January.


The paranoia also stems from what this coalition government is not doing. The fragrant Ms Villiers (Transport Minister) gained widespread news coverage on a slack news day over her assurance that airport operators would be fined huge amounts. The sweet youngish thing forgets that it has to go through parliament first by which time she will have sprogged several children, married twice and probably been elevated to the House of Lords. It really needs Cameron to call COBRA together to stir matters up, evoke emergency powers and ramrod the management and operations at Londons shabby Heathrow Airport.


Even on Health & Safety gounds it cannot be right that intending passengers are hounded out of the terminals (they make terminals look untidy and the retail people are probably complaining too) into a shanty city of poorly equipped tents.


Just as the RMS Titanic had the legally required number of lifeboats on board at the start of its fateful maiden voyage (the number of lifeboats having been drastically cut to the bare legal minimum so the sun deck remained uncluttered) the same should not apply to London Heathrow and any other airport operator for that matter, the bare legal minimum number of snow clearing units and aircraft de icers (if that standard does indeed exist), needs to be revised upwards to a level that puts a snow shower of just a few inches under control with the minimum of disruption to the schedules.


Heathrow also needs to take a look at the information delivery mechanism, the media relations joker who initially appeared in front of the TV cameras complete with frizzy perm was soon replaced by a poorly media trained head honcho Colin Matthews (on a remuneration package of over £1 million per annum) like his chairman had clearly taken their eye off the operations ball.


Greater co-operation with airlines to de-ice aircraft on the airport stands and a joined up major incident plan is needed. Clearly the one that exists (I know as I've seen it - a fw years ago admittedly) has either not been updated or someone lost the key to the file where it's now kept. Either way we should not accept it and crucially nor should the Coalition government and HM Opposition, on this they can all come together without any loss of face... action this day Papa November cleared for takeoff....not.

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