Third-world Heathrow

When I heard on the BBC News this morning that a senior aide involved in the papal visit to the UK  had put his foot in it by saying that arriving at Heathrow airport was like landing in a “Third World” country, I’m afraid my first – actually only – thought was that his was a not inappropriate response to the continuing nightmare that is the  traveller’s experience at Heathrow. It was only later that it dawned on me that he was actually commenting in a none-too supportive way on Britain’s multiculturism. Was I alone in this misunderstanding?

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