Back Heathrow is fool­ing no-one

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - RW TEAGUE Church Road Uxbridge MISS T CAMP­BELL Fairdale Gar­dens, Hayes

I NOTE that once again Rob Gray is us­ing The Gazette to pro­mul­gate his mis­lead­ing pro­pa­ganda in favour of Heathrow ex­pan­sion.

We all know that Back Heathrow is a com­pany formed and funded by Heathrow and I as­sume Mr Gray is be­ing hand­somely re­warded for his en­deav­ours.

His fa­cade of be­ing a car­ing and con­cerned cit­i­zen fools no-one.

If my as­sump­tion is in­cor­rect let him pub­lish his tax re­turns, as Boris John­son did when chal­lenged, and re-as­sure us as to his im­par­tial­ity.

Let us ex­am­ine the way in which he makes his claims, de­signed as they are to de­ceive the un­wary, bear­ing in mind that it is what he doesn’t tell us rather than what he says, that is most sig­nif­i­cant.

Ex­am­ine his on-line map of sup­port­ers and note it’s limited cov­er­age, we ask how many sup­port­ers live out­side the area in say Gatwick?

His map shows the post codes of one or more sup­porter and looks very im­pres­sive but sig­ni­fies lit­tle.

His or­gan­i­sa­tion has 100,000 mem­bers but he claims Heathrow pro­vides over 100,000 jobs. A vested in­ter­est?

Now con­sider the poll pub­lished in the wrap around ad­vert (May 13, Gazette) where he tells us 1,000 peo­ple in 10 con­stituen­cies were bal­loted but he only pub­lishes the re­sults for two, what hap­pened to the other eight? Did they not sup­port his view?

The claim for Hayes & Har­ling­ton, that of the 1000 peo­ple in­ter­viewed, 67% of those who ex­pressed a view were in favour of ex­pan­sion, im­plies this is the view of that con­stituency’s res­i­dents.

H&H has just elected a Labour MP who has con­sis­tently spo­ken out against the Third Run­way, surely we are en­ti­tled to as­sume that he is re­flect­ing the wishes of his con­stituents on this im­por­tant is­sue, oth­er­wise why would they elect him?

So much for Mr Gray try­ing to use the re­cent elec­tion re­sults to sup­port his ar­gu­ments. her ques­tion re­la­tion­ship/child­birth is­sues too, show­ing even fa­mous peo­ple with money don’t have it all ei­ther and are not im­mune to prob­lems.

Through your col­umn I would also like to wish Alexan­dra Endleswick a happy birth­day.

Alex has helped in soup kitchens for the home­less in South­wark and helped to coun­sel peo­ple with ad­dic­tions and other is­sues dur­ing her psy­chol­ogy course.

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