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AnthonyDunn – 17/05/2013 22:58 GMT

I would agree in the most part Anthony, however the nimbyism is fed by our system which protects the rights of the individual over the greater good.

The most obvious example is our apparent inability to exit even undesirable (danger to society) individual aliens. Our judiciary chooses to interpret ECHR rulings in order to protect the rights of the individual over the “rights” or needs of society as a whole. – no other country appears to have this problem.

This individual protectionist trait runs through local government, the legislature and judiciary with reams of red tape, enquiries and appeals to wade through – all highly expensive. LHR T5 took 19 years from conception to completion.

The situation is further exacerbated by opportunist political parties using the infrastructure project as a political football merely for their own near-term ends.

The greater good loses out regardless.

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