Plane Stupid

As I write, “Plane Stupid” protestors have draped a banner saying “BAA HQ” over the Houses of Parliament.

How stupid is that?

The BAA Head Office is at 130 Wilton Road, London SW1V 1LQ. The Houses of Parliament are at (House of Commons) London SW1A 0AA, (House of Lords) London SW1A 0PW.

If the big clock tower isn’t enough of a clue for these idiots, they may find this useful:

0.00 Start out at SW1A 0AA,Westminster
Central London Congestion Charges Apply Mon-Fri 7am-6pm
A302 0.00
0.00 Turn right A302   0.00
0.06 Turn right A302   0.06
0.06 Turn right A302   0.12
0.05 Turn left onto the A3212 (signposted Trafalgar Square) A3212 0.17
0.44 At roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A4. onto Cockspur Street A4 0.61
0.16 At traffic signals bear left onto Pall Mall A4   0.77
0.34 Take right hand lane and turn right onto St James’s Street A4   1.11
0.16 Turn left onto Bennett Street Bennett Street 1.27
0.02 Arrive at SW1A 1LQ,Westminster Unclassified 1.29

Thanks to AA routefinder: ww.theaa.com

Of course, this isn’t the first time this bunch of environmental loonies have protested at the wrong address.

In November 2006 the group attempted to occupy the ‘London Headquarters” of EasyJet, as part of their ongoing national campaign against short haul flights.

So, true to form, this dumb outfit march off to occupy a building in London. Once there, they draped a massive banner on the roof, and formed a human chain around the entrance of the building. However, what this group failed to recognise was the fact they were not standing outside EasyJet’s HQ – that, happens to be in Luton, not London.

Instead, the idiots were protesting at the headquarters of EasyGroup, who are in charge of such things like cinema’s, buses, pizza’s, music, mobile phones and cruises – not aeroplanes. Plane Stupid activists are trying to argue that easyGroup own easyJet, but this is not true.

The truth is that easyJet is a public company of which the Haji-Ioannou family own around 49% (Stelios Hani-Ioannou does own the easyJet name which he leases back to the airline, but that is something very different). easyGroup is a private holding company which is owned by Stelios Haji-Ioannou. The Haji-Ioannou family interest in easyJet is not legally connected with or managed by easyGroup.

Current easyGroup businesses include easyBus… so in fact Plane Stupid are protesting against public transport.

Plane Stupid – they’ve certainly chosen the right name…..

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