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WAWIBF... Ryanair

18 August 2006

The week kicked off then, with the immediate aftermath of the hideous onslaught of the first Great War for the Heavens. With a couple of bottles of pop, al Qaeda - or somesuch - temporarily brought British air travel to a standstill, and managed to cripple it for life in the process. As a result, Ryanair - a company famed for cramming people into the giant airborne khazis they call planes - are spitting feathers. On Monday Mr Ryanair himself, CEO Michael O'Leary called upon the government not to be such short-sighted knee-jerk clowns. Or, in his own words:

'Britain must not be beaten by extremists. We must not be terrorised and we can not allow our economic life to be disrupted. The Government must act today otherwise these extremists will have succeeded by disrupting the economic life of Britain, its air transport industry and its citizens. We must not allow these terrorists to succeed.'

Blimey, he really hates terrorists, doesn't he? Almost as much as he loves an undisrupted economic life, the money-grubbing, cripple-exploiting, Crazy-Frog-plugging vulture. He went on to describe the revised security measures in general as 'nonsensical and ineffective', and despite his obvious personal interest and odious business practices, it's difficult not to see his point. Bring in the army or the police, says O'Leary, to cope with the BAA's inability to find the staff to cope with new security demands. Use a bit of common sense with regard baggage policy while you're about it and don't body search little children. Or at least the white ones. His inference, not ours. He also makes an interesting point about other forms of transport? 'Why has the Government not banned luggage, liquids and gels on the London Underground or on the Eurotunnel?' asks O'Cripplebaiter. Buses too, Adolph. Don't forget the buses...



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