Opinion – British Airways flight to Dubai forced to return to Heathrow due to ‘smelly poo in toilet’ – Telegraph – John Gelmini

Airbus A319 takes off from London Heathrow Airport

Airbus A319 takes off from London Heathrow Airport (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dr Alf is right, ‘BA’ as it likes to call itself is going downhill and has never been “The World’s favorite airline”.

It is symptomatic of a business which employs flight attendants who imagine that they are beautiful and a management that believes in its own rhetoric.

I cannot understand from a practical point of view, with chemical toilets, why this problem could not have been dealt with swiftly and efficiently.

The fact that it wasn’t is symptomatic of the British disease of failing to take decisive action whilst contemplating one’s navel for too long.

The bigger issue of airport capacity and customer service, similarly gets lost in redundant arguments while other countries build airports and ensure that their planes go from ‘A’ to ‘B’ without this sort of trouble, which to be frank would not be acceptable from a 3rd world country, let alone one like ours, seeking investment and talking ourselves up.

John Gelmini

Opinion – Forecasts of the 2015 UK general election, combining data from YouGov, publicly released polls, historical election results, and the UK Census – ElectionForecast.co.uk – John Gelmini

Even with the data Dr Alf has carefully identified,  there are missing factors which could change the result:

–Census data is inaccurate and does not reflect the population of a given area precisely enough

–The effects of the Chancellor’s pre-election boom are being felt by the great unwashed, or at least enough of them to make a difference. Just 21 marginal seats need to be won for the Conservatives to win narrowly and outright.

–People in England are beginning to realize that the Scottish Nationalists, in or out of Coalition, would be truculent and costly bedfellows

–People are seeing politicians in minor parties make mistakes (Farage, Bennett)

Promises of jam tomorrow will not be enough to counter what will be seen as a rising tide which will eventually float all boats and Ed Miliband is not seen as economically competent, whereas the Conservatives are thought of as toffs but more competent.

The fear of loss is always a greater motivator than rhetoric around the concept of “we can do better than this” which might work in a country like America which is more opportunity focused than risk averse.

John Gelmini