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GillT57 Tue 28-Sep-21 14:27:13

From The Times: Britain will launch rockets next year, vows Boris Johnson

Spaceports from Cornwall to Shetland will launch rockets into orbit next year as Boris Johnson promises to create 'galactic Britain'. The Prime Minister insisted that Britain cannot remain 'earthbound' and must seize leadership in the multi billion pound space industry. Chris Smith Whitehall Editor

Is this before or after we complete HS2/Cross rail, build the vanity yacht? It is getting to be increasingly like living through a rather cheesy and unrealistic political drama.

GrannyGravy13 Tue 28-Sep-21 17:51:36

Alegrias1

Its anything but a waste of money. Just because Johnson and his daft pronouncements make it sound like the Jetsons, its nothing to do with that. Its to do with electronics expertise, monitoring climate change, broadband provision and all those not-very-exciting sounding things.

Not manned space flight.

JaneJudge I have no idea what you're talking about. grin Elon Musk's rocket wasn't a bubble, it was a very different shape indeed grin

Beginning to be a habit, I totally agree with you.

62Granny Tue 28-Sep-21 17:53:10

Please please let's club together and buy him and the rest of the cabinet a ticket! I will set up a go fund page 😂

Petera Tue 28-Sep-21 18:26:17

MayBee70

Well, he’s given up on his bridge so needs another vanity project to occupy his little mind…..

I've long thought he'll support anything beginning with the letter B. Boris Bikes, Boris Bridge...

Don't know where his rocket fits into it though.

Whitewavemark2 Tue 28-Sep-21 18:27:48

I could suggest an orifice.

Barmeyoldbat Tue 28-Sep-21 18:45:21

It’s all in his dreams ,just like the tunnel to Ireland. This man needs to be sectioned

Blossoming Tue 28-Sep-21 18:46:56

Spacex Falcon 9 inspiration4 was about 2 weeks ago, it was 4 civilians in space suits, with helmets that I suppose might be described as bubbles. They were fired off in a very large space rocket, not individually.

Esspee Tue 28-Sep-21 18:52:22

Whitewavemark2

I could suggest an orifice.

😁😁😁

Visgir1 Tue 28-Sep-21 18:54:55

Thought we have been involved with the Space Programme for many decades?
I know some industries in my part of the world have been seriously involved.
Why not go further...so much has come from the Space Programme.

Bodach Tue 28-Sep-21 19:42:46

It’s painfully apparent that many of the sneering commentators on this thread have absolutely no idea about the UK’s involvement in space-related technologies - currently supporting 45,000 jobs - and the many future opportunities available to us in this area. Rather than wasting their time indulging in the usual knee-jerk reactions to anything involving the prime minister, they might more profitably read up on on the British firms currently at the forefront in this area. Glasgow, for example, hosts several companies specialising in micro-satellite technology, and the planned UK-based launch facilities will be a huge boost (in every sense of the word) to them and others of the same ilk.

MaizieD Tue 28-Sep-21 20:01:18

Bodach

It’s painfully apparent that many of the sneering commentators on this thread have absolutely no idea about the UK’s involvement in space-related technologies - currently supporting 45,000 jobs - and the many future opportunities available to us in this area. Rather than wasting their time indulging in the usual knee-jerk reactions to anything involving the prime minister, they might more profitably read up on on the British firms currently at the forefront in this area. Glasgow, for example, hosts several companies specialising in micro-satellite technology, and the planned UK-based launch facilities will be a huge boost (in every sense of the word) to them and others of the same ilk.

Did you not read the posts any further than the amusement at the expense of your hero, Bodach. Few people have criticised the UK's involvement in space related technologies. It's Johnson's delusions of grandeur that have us laughing...

GillT57 Tue 28-Sep-21 20:04:29

Painfully apparent that you haven't read the thread Bodach! Majority of us support the space programme, but would prefer the liar in chief was not involved/taking credit

Barmeyoldbat Tue 28-Sep-21 20:09:38

Thank you Maize, it was obviously a dig at my comment. I have nothing against a space programme and despite want you think I do know about the many jobs it creates. My objection is to these huge projects that Johnson comes up that cost millions of pounds that we simp,y can’t afford. The tunnel, the yacht, his plane and so on. Yet we have people living on the streets, a lack of affordable housing, food banks, a back log of operations, and so on. Why can’t he come up with a decent plan to at least try and fix some of these problems instead of some pie in the sky project that most people struggling to get by are not the least bit interested in.

grannyrebel7 Tue 28-Sep-21 20:14:29

That made me laugh grannynannywanny! I think Boris has a few more problems on Earth to deal with before he starts messing around in space. He'll probably mess that up too smile

Bodach Tue 28-Sep-21 20:20:47

Come off it, MaisieD. My comments were not aimed at people like you, lemongrove, Alegrias1 and Visgirl (apologies to those I have missed), but to the others whose one or two-line responses reveal their keenness to villify the prime minister doing what he’s supposed to do: promoting UK science and industry. Comments like ‘It’s all in his dreams”, and “..he’s given up on his bridge and needs another vanity project” display the authors’ ignorance of the facts.

MayBee70 Tue 28-Sep-21 20:47:24

That’s me told then grin…..

Barmeyoldbat Tue 28-Sep-21 20:55:07

How patronising. Happy not to be included in the Johnson worshippers

MaizieD Tue 28-Sep-21 22:38:04

their keenness to villify the prime minister doing what he’s supposed to do: promoting UK science and industry.

That'll be a first, then. Johnson doing what he's supposed to do...

MayBee70 Tue 28-Sep-21 22:40:12

Is that the Johnson who said f**k business?

JaneJudge Tue 28-Sep-21 22:56:50

MayBee70

Is that the Johnson who said f**k business?

well anything with a pulse will do

Ro60 Tue 28-Sep-21 23:25:22

Beam me up Scottie 😵 - or is this what he wants to say?

Deedaa Tue 28-Sep-21 23:35:25

The problem is that now we are cut off from a lot of the scientific collaboration in Europe Johnson is trying to promote "World Beating" projects that we cannot afford and that he knows nothing about.

It's the 21st century and we are still faced with homeless people on the streets, working people who can't afford a decent roof over their heads, people having to use food banks ( who would have thought that food banks would be a thing in the 2000s?) Can't afford to keep the triple lock on pensions, can't afford a decent pay rise for nurses, can't afford TV licences for pensioners, but anything Boris thinks up is fine.

Hetty58 Tue 28-Sep-21 23:52:14

Deedaa - and there's the increase in child poverty, too. It's like the lunatics are running the asylum.

Whitewavemark2 Wed 29-Sep-21 02:56:40

JaneJudge

MayBee70

Is that the Johnson who said f**k business?

well anything with a pulse will do

😄😄😄😄😄

Whitewavemark2 Wed 29-Sep-21 03:17:21

“If Global Britain can achieve a petrol crisis, crops rotting in fields, soaring gas prices and empty supermarket shelves, just think what we can do as Galactic Britain!”

growstuff Wed 29-Sep-21 05:26:36

Bodach I guess I'm included in the people your comments are aimed at.

So I'll start off by saying that I've been to the National Space Centre in Leicester. A friend of a friend works at the Harwell Space Cluster in Oxford and I've heard a couple of things about what the people actually doing the work there think of the government.

What really sticks in my craw is that Johnson takes the credit for this, as though he's some heroic Boris Skywalker. The language used is farcical - "galactic" replaces "global". At least Branson used his own money for his flight into space. I know very well about the potential of space technology, not Johnson's "boy's own" version of it as an opportunity for national gloating.

Moreover, the country is in the middle of a number of crises, even if the head in the clouders can sweep them to one side. We really do have actual shortages, rising fuel bills, cuts to benefits, increases in student loan repayments and NICs, crumbling hospitals and lengthening waiting lists, unsafe schools, a stubborn number of Covid hospitalisations and deaths and so much more. Yet, Johnson thinks we can all (is non-head in the clouders) be distracted by the promise of sending rockets into space.