Video: senior govt minister tells MPs ‘barking dogs deter drones’

Liz Truss has quite a record, but her latest took the biscuit

Gatwick airport is finally returning to something like normal function, after police arrested two people on suspicion of involvement in this week’s drone flights that have affected the travel plans of well over 100,000 people.

But while the country looks to the government to get control of the issue and prevent a recurrence, those hopes look forlorn.

Earlier this month, First Secretary to the Treasury Liz Truss spoke to MPs about the issue of drones flying contraband into prisons – and it was quite something.

Now Ms Truss has something of a history. She has previously spoken of Tory election hopes in towns that weren’t having elections, claimed that the disaster of universal credit was ‘quite exciting‘ and performing so cluelessly in an interview that if she had been a Labour politician it would have been in the news for months.

But even against that backdrop, what she told MPs was jaw-dropping:

Note: Bercow clip is stock footage

The Tories, of course, know all about drones and barking – just listen to them at any Prime Minister’s Questions – just not in any useful sense.

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  1. We should be celebrating the drone disruption at the airport. Given the carbon emissions of air travel, all those delayed flights means the life expectancy of 1000,000 Africans has just been extended one year.
    (After climate scientist Kevin Anderson analysis that shows 1 person’s jet flight equates to the annual CO2 emissions of 9000 African farmers.)

  2. How about finding a way to intercept or delay the passage of road traffic, i.e. cars, lorries, etc?

    What the fcuk is good about these socially-divisive choking and killing machines? Every day in Britain road deaths equal the loss of life that would be sustained if an ocean liner sank, yet it is seemingly unremarkable and worst of all, routine and acceptable. High volume of traffic is responsible for marked increases in the incidence of asthma and other respiratory diseases, not to mention deaths and injuries due to cars and lorries colliding with other motorised vehicles and vulnerable road users such as cyclists and pedestrians.

    Additionally, alongside aircraft and livestock farmed for slaughter, cars/lorries are a major source of the greenhouse gases that are making our planet polluted beyond recall. This process is rapidly approaching the threshhold of irreversibility.

    One of the indicators of relative poverty in the developed Western world is non-ownership of a car. People without cars have little status in society and many also suffer other deprivations. To make things even worse more cars mean fewer buses and trains, the fallback means of transport for those on smaller incomes. Cars therefore assist the dividing of society into the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’ and accentuate the process of social breakage and division so typical of our era of untrammelled neo-liberalism.

    The car/lorry lobby is one of the most powerful sectors of capital on a global scale. Its reach is vast and governments and the MSM dance to its tune. Its paid hacks gather everywhere the powerful convene to make unilateral decisions about our lives. Is it not time we kicked back?

  3. Absolutely hilarious, Skwawkbox!! Just goes to show what attending the University of Oxford does for one’s education!!! πŸ™‚

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