LONDON: November 01, 2016. News that Heathrow is to spend £50 million by 2017 on establishing a "95 percent British supply chain" in support of a third runway, is a swift indicator of which way the political wind is blowing for future takeoffs and landings.
Despite societal resistance to planning approval coupled with the economic uncertainty of a post-Brexit Britain, a (current) 20 percent devaluation of Sterling against the U.S. Dollar, and the ever-constant hubris of myopic politicians, flattening over 750 homes and covering them with tarmac for the "public good" is apparently a foregone conclusion.
Emboldened by the Conservative government announcement and with support from a cross-section of companies and unions, Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye says his company "would look to issue contracts worth £460 million before construction begins in 2021".
According to Heathrow, building the third runway will lead to thousands of "decent" jobs in the UK's steel, manufacturing and engineering sectors, will connect all regions of the UK, and enable businesses of all sizes to compete for global trade – "even before [it] is built."
Note to Boris: doesn't look like there's much point in protesting.
- Simon Keeble is the editorial director of HU Digital Media.