Be honest: It wouldn’t surprise you one bit if Theresa May was responsible for the drones that brought Gatwick Airport to a standstill this week.
Of course there are some who would blame Jeremy Corbyn (the following is humorous, though) …
Anyone seen Corbyn condemn the Gatwick drones? Exactly. He’s flying those drones from his shed.
— Mel (@melaniekmelvin) December 20, 2018
… but the empirical evidence suggests it couldn’t have been him. That’s unless you think he would do it to highlight the fact that Labor was right two years ago, of course:
Two years ago when Labour called for a Defence Review to look at the impact of advanced drone technology, certain MPs & defence ‘experts’ laughed, now
— Maria Carroll # Just out of Shielding (@Maria4CarmsEast) December 20, 2018
The reaction of government ministers to the airport situation has been risible, to say the least.
Oh my god OH MY GOD!!!Tory Minister Barking Dogs will deter drones
😂🤣😭 we are led by the least amongst us
— ARTIST TAXI DRIVER (@chunkymark) December 20, 2018
Now available as a gif pic.twitter.com/n7qrRmZVwb
— Tom Hamilton (@thhamilton) December 21, 2018
I mean, I can’t even be bothered to check if the “drones are scared of dogs” story is a parody or not. It’s shameful enough that it probably isn’t.
— Sue Marsh (@suey2y) December 21, 2018
If there is a serious side to this, many people are finding it hard to see. For instance:
The reaction of @MontyBestUK demonstrates the danger presented by the Conservative government’s behaviour.
The Tories have failed to retain the confidence of the British public (the confidence of Parliament is another matter entirely), and people are finding it easy to believe they could be behind “scare” stunts that distract the media from Theresa May’s failure over Brexit.
Comedian Mark Steel reinforces the point:
Chris Grayling sounds so shifty when interviewed about this drone, I reckon it's him that sent it up there.
— Mark Steel (@mrmarksteel) December 21, 2018
Gatwick itself has returned to normal – more or less, as Mishal Husain reported earlier:
Gatwick: runway is now open BUT departures & landings restricted so disruption will continue. Passengers being advised to keep checking status of their flight online. We'll be talking to the Transport Secretary 0810 #r4today
— Mishal Husain (@MishalHusain) December 21, 2018
But how long do you think it will be until the Tories decide to ban ordinary UK citizens from owning and using drones?
And if Mrs May hoped this drone incident really would distract us from her Brexit woes, she is mistaken.
If one rogue drone can bring this much chaos can you imagine what this shambles of a government could do with the thousands of things that can go wrong on Brexit day? @peoplesvote_uk @andrealeadsom @LiamFox #grayling @MattHancock the fridge-buyer
— ALASTAIR CAMPBELL (@campbellclaret) December 21, 2018
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