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Trust Chris Grayling to cock up a traf­fic jam in Kent, the Trans­port Sec­re­tary’s equiv­a­lent of be­ing un­able to or­gan­ise a booze-up in a brew­ery.

Only 89 of the 150 wanted trucks showed up for the No Deal plan­ning ex­er­cise at Manston Air­port.

And they slipped eas­ily on to the county’s usu­ally clogged roads. Course they did. Try that with Dover’s usual 10,000 lor­ries a day and see what hap­pens.

Still, it could have been worse. If Thanet Coun­cil had its way truck­ers would be nav­i­gat­ing a hous­ing es­tate with 2,500 homes on the run­way. But there were too few jobs to sus­tain the de­vel­op­ment. So the air­field used by US jets to bomb Libya is aban­doned be­cause no one knows what to do with it.

Ex­cept the lo­cals, who say the an­swer is right un­der Grey Thing’s nose.

Use Manston as an air­port, not a lorry park – for Brexit-bust­ing cargo planes to hop over jammed roads.

The prob­lem is that at a pub­lic meet­ing in Mar­gate, res­i­dents were told they’d have to fund re­search for the pro­ject them­selves.

Seems a bit harsh. Grey Thing could re­deem him­self by chip­ping in. I once took Bar­bara Windsor to the Com­mons for a drink with MPs who’d asked me to ar­range a get-to­gether.

Babs as­ton­ished them by not be­ing ei­ther the dippy Carry On blonde or lippy Queen Vic land­lady they’d ex­pected – but shrewd, highly in­tel­li­gent and in­cred­i­bly well-in­formed.

And that’s what made her a bril­liant ac­tress.

So I wish her, and equally like­able hus­band Scott, the very best as they strug­gle with her Alzheimer’s.

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