Is it me or do the links in Reply 9 not work? The first one took me to the home page of Airliners.net!
At the rate the Labour Party is going, soon it will be an offence under the Terrorism Act in the UK to vote for any party other than Labour.
I am in Brighton now and the centre of the town has been turned into a fortress. Part of the seafront is closed off, as are the areas around the venues, resulting in a gridlock in the town's traffic as vehicles are forced to seek alternative routes on roads that are already congested without the diversions. The locals do not want the party conferences taking place here. The Press says it brings in money to the local trade but that is cobbles. Hotels are forced to offer delegates heavily discounted rates, on which they can barely break even. I was speaking to a manager of one of the conference hotels who said that they loose money during the conferences. Delegates moan about prices of drinks and meals in local bars and restaurants, so many are forced to reduce prices for the duration of the conferences. The main venues are hired out to the Labour Party without charge, so the council taxpayers are footing the bills. Then there is the cost of policing and the interruptions to daily life - I was stopped and searched by an armed police officer before I could go to the shopping precinct. On top of this, many people avoid going into the town centre whilst the conference is ongoing so what business they might gain from the conference delegates, who are in any event tight fisted, is offset by the loss of local trade.
Why cannot the conferences take place at a University or some country location, so the inconvenience is kept to a minimum?
MOL on SRB's latest attack at BA: "It's like a little Chihuahua barking at a dying Labrador. Nobody cares."