During the ash cloud, we’ve been repeatedly told about the impact it’s having on airlines. They have their begging bowls out to government. So now do the airports.
Ordinarily, my response would be, ‘yeah right – fuck off’.
But there seems to be a real possibility that NATS, the Met Office, the Government and the euronumpties colluded to create a completely un-necessary situation that has brought potential ruin to several companies already in serious trouble.
And that means if the government doesn’t start doling out cash to those companies that have lost out, a court will see it that they do.
And either way, it’s with our money they’ll pay the airports and airlines off.
This is the real cost of risk-averse, precautionary principled, bureaucratic timidity, inflexibility and incompetence.
UPDATE: Excellent insight into the whole ash cloud business by Richard North at EU Referendum.
Also, fine commentary from Dominic Lawson.