There’s all kinds of political drama going on in Britain about Heathrow, an airport recently described by the Times of London as “unlovely and unloved,” which is surely an understatement.
The Labor government would like to add a third runway to Heathrow, which has somehow been managing to be the world’s third busiest airport with only two. But there’s lots of opposition, including some within the Labor party and plenty more from environmentalists.
I haven’t been there in 20 years, so I decided to find out what the British public thinks. In perusing online commentary, I found disagreement on how — and whether — to proceed with airport development. But I discovered a near unanimity of opinion regarding Heathrow in its current state.
“Nightmare” and “embarrassment” are the favored terms, but I also turned up “squalid and unfriendly,” “a sprawling monstrosity,” “hell on earth,” “truly diabolical” and “a right hovel.”
I like that. A right hovel.