The moment when those Government policies championed by the cheaper end of the Fourth Estate come back to bite their hacks and pundits can be a thing of unbridled joy, especially when you’ve already suffered their effects yourself. So it was when deeply unpleasant former Sun editor Kelvin McFilth discovered that spending cuts and securing the country’s borders were two policies that did not just affect the little people.
Those of you who use smaller airports like Liverpool as their gateway to southern Europe will already know what happens if you disembark from an inbound EasyJet or Ryanair flight and find another plane-load has got to passport control before you - it means queuing. And if you’re at the back of a queue equivalent to two A320 or 737 loads’ worth, it can mean 30 minutes or more of shuffling around. Cutbacks in Border Security Officers.
You got that - a one hour hop from Paris, plus half an hour standing around because we’ve got to have Secure Borders - and spending cuts. Because papers like the Super Soaraway Currant Bun say we should, and keep bullying politicians into doing their bidding. When you’re passing through Paris CdG, Madrid or Lisbon Airport, and the Schengen area passengers just walk on and off their flights, you have to queue. Because the Sun says so.
So reading Kel’s whinge this morning was doubly satisfying. And he wasn’t even one of those doing the queuing: “THE Virgin flight from New York lands at Heathrow at 7.37am carrying my relatives who are staying for Christmas. They finally came into the arrivals area at 9.46am – two hours and nine minutes later. Is this a record?” Do go on.
“The delay was caused by a huge queue at UK Borders where a number of the passport booths were unmanned. Surely it won’t come as a surprise to the chaps drawing up the rota that planes are coming in at certain times or how many passengers are on the plane so they can staff up accordingly”. Hello Kel! What do you think they do, magic up extra Border Security Officers? They have a finite number of staff, and that number has been cut back by Government - at the urging of your sodding paper.
Never mind, though, Kel has an answer: “But isn’t the answer just to fill the hall with hundreds of hi-tech passport readers then the whole thing will take five minutes?” Very good Kel. So who do you expect is going to pay for that? Did you not notice that other European airports have installed those passport readers? Did you not think that they might not have listened to the Sun, and failed to cut public spending?
Kelvin McFilth isn’t interested in such details. Instead, he Wibbles “You don’t think UK Border has done a commercial deal with Costa Coffee to be paid for every cup we buy while waiting endlessly for friends and family?” No Kel, I don’t. But I do think that allowing gobshites like you to dictate Government spending priorities is A Very Bad Thing.
Fortunately, not even Sun pundits with offices on the 13th floor of the Baby Shard bunker are immune to the effects of their cheerleading. And another word in your shell-like, Kel: the queues to get through immigration at airports in the USA is usually worse. But as the Sun’s boss is a US citizen, we won’t be seeing any complaints about that.
Kelvin McFilth - too stupid to see the consequence of his cheerleading. What a clown.
There's a "logical" progression in this.
McFilth hates - oh how he hates - people. So naturally he wants to do away with border control people and substitute machines compliant with his crackpot racist view of the world.
In that respect he's an entirely consistent cockney nutjob cowering in the Murdoch bunker. A kept man of no discernible talent except hatred.
What are they supposed to do? Wave everybody through with minimal or no checks? Imagine the uproar from his ilk if that were to happen!
Hard to tell if his Costa comment is tongue in cheek or genuine conspiracy theory but nobody is forced to buy anything, you are free to bring your own. Also that time presumably includes taxiing, the time you are sat there waiting to disembark, baggage collection as well as passport control. Any or all of those things could cause a delay, only one of which is down to Her Majesty's Border Agency.
Must be pretty desperate to spend it with that!
Basically Heathrow has the correct number of passport staff to work for Schengen, except we don't do Schengen! McFilth can take his pick..........
If this 3 or more hours at Heathrow keeps McFilth from away from a keyboard and spreading his poison then the checks are a very good thing.
Apart from the possible irony of policy requirements from KRM coming home to roost and their unintended consequences does anyone know if this story is actually true or just another grist to the mill KelMac fake news story? Were hamsters on the menu in the airport lounge?
Cockney? I think not. South London public school boy who went to Alleyn's, part of the same set-up that Farage's alma mater Dulwich College belonged to. Don't take these 'ordinary, decent people' tossers at their own estimation.
I have to smile whenever I read or hear someone using the term: "of his ilk".
I once worked with a bloke who used the phrase constantly. In a meeting one day, a colleague asked "what is an ilk"? My reply was: "a c*nt with horns"
So much for having a nice time staying with the miserable git.
We wished we got stranded at the airport,now!
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