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Credit where it’s due

In Uncategorized on December 4, 2011 by grahamharrowell

A number of people, including Peter Preston in the Observer, wonder why the predicted chaos at UK ports and airports didn’t come to pass during last week’s public sector strike. Surprisingly Daisy May and Cameron have nothing to say on the matter. Why not? Well it’s simple. It was no last minute plan to have hundreds of police officers trained to operate the recently controversial computer equipment. It was no accident that a list of similarly trained civil servants existed. (True, none were competent in counter forgery and none will have had any knowledge of the immigration rules so many people not qualified to enter the country will have got in.) It was no accident and the plan had been tried out a few times over the last 18 months when some ports staff were engaged in a minor dispute with their managers. So who was the far-sighted person responsible for ensuring the security of the country’s borders and saving the Home Secretary’s skin? Brodie Clark, of course. He’ll get no thanks.

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One Response to “Credit where it’s due”

  1. I’m sure the 50% flow-control restriction for the London TMA helped.

    Well, actually I checked the NOTAMs on the day, and Eurocontrol didn’t formally issue one. There was, however, a “voluntary” flow reduction by agreement with the airlines, according to prior press reporting. Which amounts to the same thing. There was, however, a NOTAM saying you should bring fuel for a continental alternate due to the likelihood of long delays inbound to London and Manchester.

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