Celebs buy land at Heathrow in protest at "climate change"
In order to thwart plans for a third runway at Heathrow, a rag-tag bunch of enviro-celebs have purchased a football field-sized chunk of land and are going to divide it up and sell it to people concerned about "climate change". And of course, where there are shiny celebs in the foreground, there's always the dog-on-a-string brigade in the background:
"We've bought a piece of land slap bang in the middle of the proposed third runway site at Heathrow," Greenpeace said in a statement on its website.
"The government plans to go ahead with airport expansion across the country even though this means we'll have no hope of meeting our climate emission targets."
Actor [shurely "actress"? No, hang on, this is The Age after all - Ed] Emma Thompson said it was "laughably hypocritical" of the government to expand Heathrow while at the same time say it was committed to reversing climate change.
"I don't understand how any government remotely serious about committing to reversing climate change can even consider these ridiculous plans," she said.
"We'll stop this from happening even if we have to move in and plant vegetables."
Personally, I'd love to see Emma Thompson planting vegetables in a small allotment in the sleepy hamlet of Sipson, just north of Heathrow - if she does it for long enough, there'll be a gift shop and tea room. But there's bad (good?) news. If the runway gets the go-ahead, the land will be compulsorily purchased anyway, making the whole gesture utterly pointless. Here's the full list of shame:
- Emma Thompson (to be expected)
- Alister McGowan, impressionist (ditto)
- Zac Goldsmith, Conservative Party green adviser (should know better)
- Dr Simon Lewis, climate scientist (no surprise there)
- John Sauven, Greenpeace (next)
- Susan Kramer, Liberal Democrat MP (ho hum)
- John McDonnell, Left wing Labour MP (yawn)