[Re: Our innovative Heathrow plan could expand capacity without huge costs, Friday]
It’s not clear to me that the author’s suggestions would limit the number of additional residents affected by Heathrow expansion, or merely dump even more noise on to those of us who already suffer. When the inspector gave the go-ahead for Terminal Five, it was on the condition that aircraft movements would be limited to 480,000 a year, because to exceed this would make life intolerable for people under the flight path. These unpalatable facts are ignored by the Heathrow expansionists.
It would be a delight if the chancellor announced a permanent end to the ludicrous Sunday trading laws. The evidence is clear that this would contribute to growth. It’s one of the most utterly ludicrous laws that remains, with opposition to a change coming largely from self-interested trade unionists and convenience store owners.
George Osborne must not sacrifice fiscal consolidation by pandering to Labour’s populist economic proposals. Growth has returned and the argument has been won. Let us stay the course.
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