BAA Chairman named in BAE corruption lawsuit

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Just when BAA thought it was safe to return to the business of destroying communities and the climate, their new 'troubleshooter' Chairman, Sir Nigel Rudd, gets named in a BAE bribery lawsuit.

After the UK Serious Farce Office decided to drop the investigation (in return for Saudi Arabia buying lots of new Eurofighters), the American Department for Justice began investigating the dodgy dealings and bribery allegations. Now shareholders in the States have launched a multimillion dollar lawsuit against the directors of BAE, including Rudd, claiming that they have wrecked the company's reputation with "improper and/or illegal bribes, kickbacks and other payments" to the Saudi regime.

easyJet in self-serving 'campaign'

Hot on the heels of their dodgy dossier, easyJet have launched a campaign to save the planet by encouraging more of us to piss off to Barcelona for a night on the town.

According to easyJet's national advertising campaign, flying could reduce its emissions by 50% in just 10 years - but the Government and 'greedy Gordon' are conspiring to ensure this doesn't happen. Only scrapping APD will save us all from climatalogical oblivion.

BAA's Stansted staff paid to protest for expansion

Given these times of heightened security at the nation's airports, you'd expect BAA to be employing as many security as possible to get passengers through check-in and into their shopping centres - sorry, departure terminals.

Not so! Instead, the company has been giving security staff time off to stand around outside the Stansted inquiry, waving pro-expansion banners. To make matters worse, the airport company has been lying to its staff to persuade them to join in.

easyJet report makes easyMistake

What is it with economists that gets them so confused about climate change? The poor fools seem convinced that they can 'cost-benefit' the planet, and just pay for any damage that they cause.

The latest example of this comes from self-proclaimed environmental airline easyJet, who've released a new report which claims that aviation pays its full environmental costs four times over.

World Travel and Tourism Organisation dismisses industry greenwash

A recent report for the UN World Travel and Tourism Organisation - entitled Climate change and tourism - responding to global challenges, has been exploring how tourism (and aviation) is affecting CO2 levels and climate change.

Unsurprisingly, it reached a conclusion which would not look out of place on our agitprop: "While there are many options to reduce emissions [in the tourism sector], by far the greatest potential is related to air travel; reducing flight numbers and flight distances will achieve more to make tourism more sustainable than most other measures taken together."

Put's Branson's "I'll fly my jets on chip-fat" claims into perspective somewhat, doesn't it...

Ruth Kelly in live webchat

Transport Minister Ruth Kelly will be appearing in a live webchat at 10am on the 20th of September.

It's a good opportunity to ask her how the Government plans to reconcile its climate change targets with aviation expansion. Register at http://www.webchat.pm.gov.uk/index.asp?webchatID=52.

No egg throwing, now...