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@ BA744fan – 12/01/2015 11:08 GMT

Yes but….

Your comparison with China is not exactly helpful. Having been in Beijing last Summer, I visited a part of central Beijing between the drum and bell towers that had been a thriving community only two years previously. Now there are white “Notice of eviction/demolition” pasted all over the place and much of the hutong has already been knocked down probably to make way for a further length of dual carriageway. The remaining locals were rather reluctant to discuss what was happening to their area.

Except if you are a senior apparatchik in the Chinese Communist Party, there are NO private property rights in China so, of course, an airport (or any other form of infrastructure for that matter) can be built in very little time in comparison with the UK (or most other western countries for that matter). Because ordinary citizens have almost no rights to object.

Is that a situation you would endorse in the UK? Are you happy to accept having your home bulldozed with any right to object or obtain compensation? It’s a rhetorical question. Of course you wouldn’t.

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