This is one of today’s main stories on the Bristol Post website. The well known journalist L Churchill informs us that all flights from Bristol Airport to Greece have been cancelled due to industrial action by Greek public sector workers. On the face of it, this is very helpful news. It certainly appears to save passengers from going all the way to Lulsgate for a flight that has been cancelled. So, how many flights from Bristol to Greece were leaving today? That would be precisely none, then.
The reporter adds: ‘Passengers are advised to check with their airline before travelling. Flights are available to Corfu, Crete, Kefalonia, Kos, Rhodes, Skiathos, Santorini, Thessaloniki and Zante.’ Well, not today they weren’t. What sort of story is this?
I confess that I am a bit of a plane anorak and I know my way round the Bristol Airport website, particularly the ‘Arrivals/Departures’ section. It is not that difficult to navigate – if I can do it anyone can – so why couldn’t L Churchill?
It appears to me that the Bristol Post, under the dead hand of editor Mike Norton (remember me, Mike? You sacked me from the Bristol Rovers fans column back in 2006), is getting a little desperate for news. The reporter has spotted that there was a strike in Greece and has made up a local story around it, a story with no basis in reality or, perish the thought, facts.
There has been no comment from the public on the Post website about this story. Perhaps no one has noticed or, more likely, no one has read it. More fool me.
Hang your head in shame, L Churchill, but only after Mr Norton, who has taken the Bristol Post to new depths, has held his.