Put to one side for a minute the fact that RiverOak don’t have hundreds of millions to pay out in compensation; the fact that TDC have yet to negotiate with the owners; and the fact that it is demonstrably not in the public interest to support a cargo airport with huge negative consequences for its neighbours and just 39 jobs, when the alternative from the owners plans for thousands of jobs. What about that well-known phenomenon observed with some political candidates of “say one thing before the election then do the opposite after the election?
As a prime example of this, we have Sir Roger’s sharp 180° about turn on night flights before and after the last election. On 4th February 2009, Roger Gale wrote:
“…my own constituents living in the Thanet villages and Herne Bay on the flight paths have a right to due consideration and to the greatest achievable protection from noise and disturbance that is achievable and compatible with the lawful use of the airfield. That is why, for instance, I have again consistently opposed any extension of night flying at Manston….”
Before the general election, No Night Flights wrote to Roger Gale asking him where he stood on the issue of introducing scheduled night flights at Manston. Mr. Gale wrote back saying:
“I have never supported night flights from Manston and do not propose to do so. Indeed far from promoting that cause we negotiated…the restriction limiting the flying hours after darkness.”
At the same time, Thanet’s leading blogger, East Cliff Richard, asked would-be MPs before the election whether they supported night flights. Mr. Gale said that he did not. That clear answer was recorded on East Cliff Richard’s blog shortly before the election and read by thousands of people in the constituency.
Once the votes are safely in the bag, Roger Gale suddenly became in favour of night flights. Not only did he gaily chuck his pre-election commitment in the bin, he also started to vilify the people he was meant to be representing, calling them “mischievous if not downright dishonest” when they spelled out to the public what the airport’s night flight application meant in terms of flights per night.
So, we have an MP who breaks clear election promises and who criticises the people he is meant to be representing. We have an MP who says it is dishonest to bring accurate numbers into the public domain. Who knows what he’ll say about a CPO after the election?
Courtesy of Manston Pickle