I find this all really rather amusing (despite the fact that I\’m due to fly in 10 days).
The government tonight launched an unprecedented plan to bring home an estimated 200,000 people stranded abroad by the volcanic ash cloud – including possible deployment of the Royal Navy – as European airlines staged a series of successful test flights and urged governments to reassess flying restrictions.
In a move rarely seen during a general election, Gordon Brown recalled senior cabinet members from the campaign trail to tackle the aviation crisis. On the steps of Downing Street the business secretary, Lord Mandelson, flanked by the foreign secretary, David Miliband, transport secretary, Lord Adonis, cabinet minister Tessa Jowell and security minister Lord West, unveiled a plan to repatriate UK residents. Government sources said around 200,000 Britons were in temporary exile, according to unofficial airline estimates.
How politicians, especially these very statist politicians, just love being able to plan everything! We get to sit around a table! Talk! Tell people what to do! Be very important!
When in fact left to themselves people would generally get this sorted out. But more importantly, the problem itself seems to have been caused by the very central planning that they\’re so revelling in. That decision to close down all flights that is.
As the various tests have shown as airlines pop a plane up to see what happens, not much does.
It\’s the \”who smelt it dealt it\” principle at work again. Those at the centre planning how to get out of the \”crisis\” are those who in part caused the crisis by planning from the centre.
Update: As I say, people can and will sort this out themselves.