Yesterday I visited the Imperial War Museum at Duxford for two reasons: Firstly it is a very very long time since I visited the place – well over 20 years and secondly it is situated in a very interesting parliamentary constituency of South Cambridgeshire – more on that later.
Walking around the museum it was reliving the stories of my youth, much like my recent visit to the Ladybird book exhibition. Here in front of me was the world I could feel comfortable in, a world of British aircraft greatness and standing steadfast with our American cousins. This is the special relationship become real. This is fantasy and there are two aircraft that puncher this fantasy more than any others: The General Dynamics F111 and the BAC TSR2. Without going into all the ins and outs of this sorry story the TSR2 was a groundbreaking aircraft that britain couldn’t afford to make and the Americans helped kill off. After the TSR2 the British no longer made aircraft on their own and lead directly to cooperation with other European countries. Who said history doesn’t repeat itself?
So why is the south Cambridgeshire seat an interesting one to follow in the some to be called General Election? Afterall 51% of the went to the Conservative party in 2017. A lot has happened since that time, a real understatement I know, Heidi Allan, the sitting MP has left the Conservative party to become an Independent; the local council went quite significantly Liberal Democrats and of course Boris Johnson. In the EU referendum the local council voted by 60% to stay in the EU. In short if there is one seat that the Conservatives could lose as a result of them following their current scorched earth policy then this is one of them. Will they? Who knows but given the upside down world political world we are now living in you just cannot say.
Duxford is a strange place. An island of nostalgia in a sea of technological change washing around the south Cambridgeshire countryside. On that thought here are some doorstops.
It makes as much sense as anything that is happening at the moment.