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Tuesday, 1 May 2012

The Heathrow Clusterfuck - Damian Green Backtracks

There is nothing more satisfying than watching a politician who has quite obviously lied, squirm when his/her lies are exposed.

Congratulations to Damian Green, the hapless and hopeless immigration minister, who has been exposed as telling porkies in less than 24 hours.

Yesterday Green was in Parliament telling MPs that the weather was to blame for a "blip" in arrival processing time at Heathrow (aka known as the Heathrow Clusterfuck).

Toady, having been proven to be talking absolute bollocks and derided by all and sundry, he now admits that there is of course a major problem at Heathrow.

The Telegraph quotes his squirming on BBC Radio 4 Today Programme:
"Of course there is a problem - that is why I have spent some time explaining what we are doing about it.
What's really important in this is that airlines, airport operators and Border Force need to work together. That is the way we solve it; that is the way passengers will have a better experience.

Official Border Force figures show that it is about an hour and a half. I agree that that is too long.

I can see why people are annoyed by that. 

We are taking significant steps to make sure that Border Force is more flexible so that we have the right people in the right place at the right time."
Being a bit of a lying toad he tried to shift some of the blame to the hapless passengers for being "confused" about how long the delays really were.

However, Willie Walsh, chief executive of British Airways' parent company IAG, was not going to let him get away with that nonsense:
"There is no confusion about the length of queues.

The Government is supposed to be both the regulator and the service provider and is doing an inadequate job in both.

We have a crisis. Anyone who has been through an airport in recent times has experienced unacceptable levels of delays. 

We have the PM and the Chancellor travelling the world telling people that Britain is open for business. The reality is actually very different."
The question is, are the government and Damian Green capable of fixing this clusterfuck before the Olympics?

Maybe they would be more inclined to take action if they had to experience the delays themselves, instead of being given fast track VIP clearance on arrival in the UK?

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