So who really is running the asylum?
Six days after our planes were grounded, airports are still closed and an estimated 150,000 UK travellers are stranded abroad, unable to get home.
The cause, as we all know by now, is an erupting volcano in Iceland.
I am finding it really hard to comprehend that such chaos has been caused by one relatively small natural occurrence and it seems I am not alone.
Yesterday, Willie Walsh the CEO of British Airways flew on one of his planes to test whether any damage would really be caused by the dust cloud i.e. is the situation really as dangerous as we are being led to believe?
He returned in one piece – I am sure much to the annoyance of many of his recently striking cabin crews – convinced the disruption to air travel and his company’s revenues was not justified.
Which brings me back to the original question: who is responsible for making the initial decision?
It seems it was not made by our own government but taken somewhere in Europe where, as we all know, they are true professionals in inventing silly rules and regulations.
But this is not a piece of stupidity about the straightness of a banana, it is far more disruptive and for many, financially disastrous.
The contradictory updates have been almost a work of farce: Scotland and Northern Ireland can fly now…. oh no they can’t….all airports will open tomorrow…..oh no they won’t ….but they might….. errrr not… etc. etc.
I guess, in one sense, the regulators and health and safety obsessives can claim a massive success; no planes will come crashing out of the skies as they haven’t been able to leave the ground in the first place – it’s the equivalent of making sure there are no motoring accidents by removing the wheels from cars!
If this decision was taken in Brussels, then it should not be too long before UKIP start spouting on about being a classic example of what our future has in store as part of a United States Of Europe!
Personally, I would rather take my chances with the volcano!