Heathrow expansion as an enclosure of commons in guise


Not every normative outline of development realistically reflect on the growth and the sustainability of the common person on the street. The British government’s move to expand Heathrow could be seen as an enclosure of the commons, which deprive the commoners of their right of privacy and their commoning ability. The government at this stage looks at development from the perspective of trade which is calculated by the GDP per capita without considering the interest and the wellbeing of the commoners. The government want to maintain London’s leadership and reputation in international business (International Financial centre) arena with the notion that the present airport capacity is inadequate to meet the travel demands for a city like London which has reputation of being global market powerhouse.
The government has marshalled enough evidence to substantiate his point as to why the expansion is important; among other things the city will lose income if the capacity of the airport remains unchanged because many businesses will decide to move elsewhere to avoid travel congestion. This will have negative bearing on UK’s economy, it will also creation extra jobs to reduce London unemployment in view of this, the government sees the expansion prospects to outweigh its demerits economically.
The drafters of the expansion did not consider the commoners concerns and wellbeing which includes air pollution, excessive noise which will result in plane taking off and landing in every minute during daytime which to the residents have serious consequences their comfort. On this note the government defended his move that technology will be used to solve the commoners’ problem (air pollution and the disproportionate noise). Yet this pollution and the noise problem has been with the southwest London residents for some time now if there are ways of using technology to deal with it, why hasn’t the government done so for a long time or is this a way to cajole the residents to stop the rebellion and in actual fact nothing will be done about it. Or the government has just developed technological solution for the problem.
A whole community has to give way for the expansion which is estimated to decant seven hundred residents from their comfort zone. Not only will the effect rest with the residents of the locality similarly the excessive air traffic will culminate in increase CO2 emission.
The Heathrow expansion move resonates the enclosure of the commons in the 16th century where the common property (arable land) was enclosed by the landowners (owners of the means of production) due to high demand for wool which made the aristocrats to opt for the rearing of sheep than growing crops http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/TUDagriculture.htm Civil society organisations demonstrated in Heathrow in August 2007 to show their disapproval for the expansion since they saw it as threat to their health and inconsequential to the extent that empirical evidence depicts that the current state of the airport will not encourage relocating of business as some European countries have expanded their airports yet companies did not move from London to those place, on the flip side it could be argue that China and India do not have big airports like America and Britain yet most of the US and UK company call centres have been outsource over there. If the government is looking at the expansion from the perspective of maintaining business in the city then it ism believe to be illusory as the main concern of outsourcing businesses is focused on the excessive tax on businesses and some difficult corporate laws which impede the convenience of business owners profit making.
To this extent, it could be argued that the expansion is underpinned by capitalist motive where the ruling class will do anything to impose their will on the working class who have little influence. In view of this the options available for the commoners is to continue with their commoning (resist) or device a strategy to discourage the government (bourgeoisie) move through distractive measures (rebellion) or else if the commoners relocate to a more conducive environment a time will come when the ruling class will attempt to encroach on their new found environment. To this government, the notion of people comes first in social and economic terms seem to be redundant truism. Development is measured in terms of the growth of GDP per capita income not on the quality of life and the wellbeing of the citizens. There is no justification regarding the government interest on the development of its people. Even with this economic growth as development, it is obvious that few people will accrue the surplus value. Should we allow such enclosure of the commons to go ahead in this twenty first century, our children and grandchildren will live to encounter this unabated encroachment and enclosure of the commons. Whilst the 16th century rebellion of the commoners resulted in the death of some 3000 peasants, this time there wasn’t any death yet there were several casualties of injuries. The commoners must unified and stand up against the capitalist oppression.


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