So the authorities now think it might be safe to fly from Scotland. There is no sign the volcano has stopped or the dust plume has gone away, so there must be a change in the “science”. Or is it just a change in the government’s view, under pressure from the aviation industry? I repeat my advice – let them fly freight planes if they wish and if they think it safe, and see what happens.
Meanwhile the Met Office has its critics. Their BBQ summer was cold and very wet. Their mild winter turned out to be full of ice and snow. The early Spring I heard about on the BBC did not come to me – the daffodils in my garden were around three weeks later than usual. Now they are being asked why they rely on computer simulations rather than observations to estimate the ash cloud.
The announcements that the Navy are going to pick up people from the continent have all the hallmarks of the triumph of spin over reality. Apparently two of the ships do not have orders, and the third that is going to pick up troops is not advertised as a ferry for civilians at any stated time or place.
Please government, do make up your minds and tell us what you are doing. If there is insufficient commercial ferry capacity, then say how you will supplement it.
Promoted by Christine Hill on behalf of John Redwood, both at 30 Rose Street Wokingham RG40 1XU