MPs have voted in favour of a third runway, proceeding to the next stage of planning.
Many Conservatives expressed serious concerns about all the topics we have highlighted – while feeling forced to support the government because of the 3-line whip. The fact that Theresa May had to impose a whip demonstrates that she could not rely on the actual evidence or logic in order to win the vote.
They and Labour supporters of expansion showed a touching faith in future technology to provide solutions. This is not supported by evidence, of course.
The lies have it !
Despite powerful and increasing evidence against, the vote in Parliament went in favour of new runway.
The big problem the opponents of expansion had – and still have – is the misleading propaganda put out by the Department for Transport (DfT). Culminating in the National Policy Statement (NPS), presented to Parliament.
The NPS hid key information from MPs, such as the fact that the Net Economic Benefit of a runway is about zero. Such as the fact that taxpayers would have to fund road and rail access to the tune of £9 billion to £14 billion. Such as the actual air pollution and impacts. Such as the truth about the climate impacts.
Instead of being “civil servants”, acting on behalf of the public, DfT have behaved more like an extra public relations department for Heathrow Airport.
Given this panoply of misinformation and concealment, it is not surprising that MPs were led to believe that Heathrow expansion is a good idea. Without their own team of analysts, most MPs could not reasonably be expected to uncover the truth.
So who is responsible for this campaign of misinformation and misdirection? See here.
The truth about a third runway may be found on the other pages of this web site.