Starlion - if I may say so, your statements reflect a certain London-centric viewpoint. By your argument, everyone should just move to London and the problems of Scottish, Welsh, Northern Irish and English regional unemployment, lack of infrastructure and heightened social deprivation will magically disappear. The type of capitalist utopia to which you appear to subscribe does not exist, not even in America, and it is the role of an elected government to address as far as possible the macroeconomic needs of ALL
its constituents, wherever they happen to reside.
Yes you may argue that no air service is in fact 'essential' - people have feet, let them walk. But economic reality is such that fast convenient air transport is now 'essential' to global commerce, and infrastructure needs to be put in place, by whatever duly constituted authority, to allow this to take place as far as is possible and economically responsible - nobody is saying we need twice daily jet services between London and Lerwick, but areas with concentrated population and the economic need for convenient air connections with the outside world should be assisted to obtain them when lack of proper infrastructure planning in the past has caused these services that used to be available, to be denied.
BAA and NATS may have been privatised (for better or worse), but simply allowing market forces to dicate and concentrate supply geographically wherever demand is most focussed without at least attempting to balance this with the needs of other parts of the country, is abrogating the basic responsiblity of any civilised government to service the entire country, not just a wealthy and conveniently located West London minority.
No doubt we could argue Keynes vs Marx for ever - political reality would seem however to indicate that in order to be able to bypass a radically hostile segment of public opinion ie Richmond and Windsor Nimbys, whatever goverment it is that wishes to approve a new runway for LHR
is going to have to emphasise the economic benefit to the country as a whole, and how this benefit outweighs the individual loss of comfort to those most directly affected. The most visible way to emphasise this benefit (however illusory or fleeting this benefit might in reality be) is to attempt to restore services to LHR
that have been lost over time due to the capacity constraints that this new runway is suppose to alleviate. If these services should prove economically unviable in the long term, and are subsequently discontinued, so be it - the market will always ultimately decide in any but a radically socialist economic model.
Young and beautiful and thin and gorgeous AND BANNED ! Cya at airspaceonline.com, losers