Thursday 22 April 2010

How Cameron lets plane take the strain

The three party leaders were asked what they had personally done to help address climate change. David Cameron talked about how he thought it was important to prefer rail to air wherever possible.

Yes, as the campaign opened, The Times reported his campaign's boasts of their "air superiority" in the election, and the astonishing extent to which Cameron had used planes and helicopters since becoming Tory leader.

To date, he has clocked up about 25,000 miles. The shortest flight was an eight-mile helicopter ride from Bury to Manchester in April 2008, a journey that is ten miles by road.

The Times noted the contrast between the two parties' campaigns:

David Cameron’s campaign will exploit “air superiority” over Gordon Brown, as the Tories use their cash advantage to leave Labour grounded. The Conservative leader travelled back to London by private plane after the first day of the election campaign last night and is expected to take to the air again today.

Aides say he will aim to visit at least two regions a day at the height of a campaign that targets seats across Britain. But while Mr Cameron’s packed itinerary requires frequent air travel, Mr Brown will fly on only a handful of occasions, according to the Labour leader’s spokesman. He will use a train instead most of the time, as he did yesterday.

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