Northern Rock emergency votes call MPs away from crucial Heathrow public meetings

February 26, 2008 at 8:26 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Monday night there were two key public meetings in opposition to Heathrow expansion:

  • Many MPs were speaking, or in attendance, at the Rally in Central Hall Westminster. From time-to-time Members had to duck out to head back to the Houses of Parliament to vote on emergency measures to nationalise the troubled bank Northern Rock.
  • Meanwhile, at Thames Valley University in Slough, local MP Fiona Mactaggart was due to chair a meeting for the people of the town to talk about the implications of building a third runway at Heathrow airport, but had to leave shortly after the start. She, too, had to vote on emergency measures to nationalise the troubled bank Northern Rock.

Ironically, MPs were forced to leave public meetings discussing the case of BAA—a failing airport operator supported by Government favours—to deal with the more urgent crisis of a failed bank now being propped up by the Government.

When will Ministers understand that:

  • a) taxpayers have other ideas about how our money should be spent?
  • b) shutting and repairing the door after a horse has bolted will not stop another horse bolting from a nearby stable!

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