Sticktoitiveness pays off for Heathrow runway opponents

    Amidst Britain’s political chaos comes good news for environmental activists who have opposed the construction of a third runway at Heathrow Airport: The new government has pledged to scrap it. According to the UK activist group Plane Stupid:

    That decision comes at the end of a momentous campaign lasting nearly a decade, involving local communities, activists, national campaign organisations, sympathetic politicians, some of the trade unions and even some leading business figures.

    Proposed runways at Stansted and Gatwick airports are also being scrapped by the new government, but Plane Stupid is still concerned about expansion at a number of other regional airports.

    Activists stand ready. Unless Cameron and Clegg scupper these plans, they can count on a very sticky future.

    This is a reference to an action waged by Plane Stupid back in 2008 that involved an activist supergluing his had to Gordon Brown’s jacket. An odd protest, no doubt. But as a friend of ours recently put it, he may have been fined the price of a suit jacket, but he got millions worth in publicity.



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