From yesterday's Independent editorial:
"London's mayor, Boris Johnson, has shown the way by reviving the idea of a brand new airport for London in the Thames estuary. That his musings were at once dismissed as unrealisable or undesirable could have been predicted. Formidable vested interests are tied up in the status quo. But it is precisely such fearless, big-picture thinking that is required. After all, whose interests are served by having so much prime development land close to London occupied by an ever-expanding airport? Why should aircraft noise blight so many densely populated urban areas, and how safe is it for so many planes to traverse greater London every hour?"
Now I really didn't want to have to go over this again, but this has been going on for far too long and I just have to bring it to an end.
Let's run through the main facts first: