LibLink…Eluned Parrott AM: Looks to be game, set and match to Abertis

Welsh Liberal Democrats are questioning the Labour First Minister’s actions in entering into an exclusive relationship to buy Cardiff Airport for the nation with no prior consultation of the Assembly and without publishing any clear idea of how it will be run.

Eluned Parrott, Liberal Democrat Shadow Economy and Transport Minister has written an article on this over at Freedom Central. She said:

This is of course without consulting the Assembly, without revealing the price he’s offered, without revealing a business plan for the airports future, or without even stating what his government is planning on doing with it or who he plans to let run it.

She added that she had no philosophical objection to the airport being in state hands, but that Mr Jones may have brought its problems on himself:

Over the past year, the First Minister of Wales has used every opportunity to run down Cardiff Airport and its management.  While he may feel this was a clever move, driving the potential price of the airport down, it will also have acted to scare away any airlines interested in running flights from Cardiff (after all, even the local politicians think it’s a terrible airport) and to scare off any potential private investors.  What private investor would want to buy an airport that is humiliated in public and subject to so much political interference?

I was quite surprised to read this as my only experience, just a few months ago, of Cardiff Airport was very positive, both at arrival and departure. The worst part of the journey was the appalling Arriva train between Rhoose and the centre of Cardiff.

You can read the full article here.

* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

Read more by or more about , , , or .
This entry was posted in LibLink.
Bookmark the web address for this page or use the short url http://ldv.org.uk/32567 for Twitter and emails.
Advert

2 Comments

  • This is typical, in so many ways, of Labour run Wales . Secrecy, cliques, never mind the bills. I remeber the First Minister being aked about whyso few people were usingit now and him saying that he wasn’t surprised because he wouldn’t either. I can’t imagine Alex Salmond talking about a Scottish airport negatively like that, and Wales only has the one!

    Eluned is right about the dreadful,once an hour rail link to the airport, which doesn’t go to the airport but to a trainstation with a ‘free’ shuttle, which drivers quiteboften make passengers pay to use (no tickets or receipts available). Unfortunately, the airport train has about the best and cleanest rolling stock of the whole Arriva Trains Wales ‘fleet’, if not exactly any luggage facilities.

    The last time I flew from Cardiff, about 6 weeks ago on a Saturday afternoon, there were no other flights for hours and they called us to the departure gate 45 minutes early so that they could shut the shops and cafes in the departure lounge to let the staff go home! And then, hilariously, they announced on the plane that they had missed our takeoff slot and so we’d have to wait.

    Not that the next nearest airport, Bristol, is exactly easy to get to or problems free.

  • Have to say my experience of Cardiff Airport over many years is more akin to John’s than Caron’s. I share Eluned’s philosophical indifference to WG buying it but will take some convncing that that will result in improvement.

Post a Comment

Lib Dem Voice welcomes comments from everyone but we ask you to be polite, to be on topic and to be who you say you are. You can read our comments policy in full here. Please respect it and all readers of the site.

If you are a member of the party, you can have the Lib Dem Logo appear next to your comments to show this. You must be registered for our forum and can then login on this public site with the same username and password.

Your email is never published. Required fields are marked *

*
*
Please complete the name of this site, Liberal Democrat ...?

Advert



Recent Comments

  • User AvatarAndrew 5th Jul - 12:58am
    Phyllis, Actually I thought that there was evidence that amongst the working class, women are increasingly becoming the breadwinners. Girls do better in school, get...
  • User AvatarSammy O'Neill 5th Jul - 12:50am
    The only court fees I currently think are unreasonable are those for employment tribunal claims, which should be dropped as a priority. County Court fees...
  • User AvatarAndrew 5th Jul - 12:48am
    Ruth, I agree entirely - all that talent needs to be used, not wasted. And women should be able to make any of the range...
  • User AvatarAl 5th Jul - 12:25am
    Only last week LDV posted this article.. http://www.libdemvoice.org/report-shows-how-extensively-this-country-fails-vulnerable-children-46617.html Named persons would help to address the issues raised in that report. However, my problem with named...
  • User AvatarRoland 5th Jul - 12:07am
    "For the vast majority of young people the named person will be a midwife then a health visitor followed by their primary school headteacher and...
  • User AvatarRuth Bright 4th Jul - 11:52pm
    Simon McGrath - exactly. From the second link that you gave (Faculty of Advocates) : "It would appear that there is only very limited means...
Sat 4th Jul 2015
10:00
10:00
Sun 5th Jul 2015
03:00
Mon 6th Jul 2015
Wed 8th Jul 2015
Thu 9th Jul 2015
Fri 10th Jul 2015
Sat 11th Jul 2015
Sun 12th Jul 2015
Thu 16th Jul 2015
Sat 18th Jul 2015
Sun 19th Jul 2015
Mon 20th Jul 2015
Thu 23rd Jul 2015
Sat 25th Jul 2015
Sun 26th Jul 2015
Mon 27th Jul 2015
Thu 30th Jul 2015
Sat 1st Aug 2015