Some folk think that Prestwick Airport should be renamed in honour of the national poet.
I don't agree. Nothing against Rabbie you understand - after all, I attended Ayr Academy for three years. It's just that I think airports should be named after places, not people.
I think that the Americans made a mistake in renaming Idlewild as J.F. Kennedy. It's wrong that Roissy is now known as Charles de Gaulle. And Belfast City shouldn't be called George Best, even though I once did see him score a goal. Come to think of it, what was wrong with Speke?
The problem's this: what happens when these local worthies go out of fashion? The airport's name has to be changed again and perhaps again. At great cost to the taxpayer.
The way things are going I expect to read that Glasgow (Paisley, actually) is to be renamed "The Margaret Curran International Airport", should the Glasgow East electorate vote for the ZanuLab candidate thus saving the incumbent regime.
What's brought all this on is the news from Indianapolis:
Shortly after he was appointed to the Indianapolis Airport Authority in January, Randall Tobias started getting polite, well-written letters from people who want to restore Col. Harvey Weir Cook's name to the airport's.The vote was 25 to 3 in favour of the change of name. Overwhelming indeed.
Then Mayor Greg Ballard, who appointed Tobias, mentioned he supports the change to honor the World War I flying ace killed during World War II in the South Pacific.
And then the City-County Council overwhelmingly passed a resolution supporting the change.
Surely the elected politicians know what the locals want. Not quite. An opinion poll in Indianapolis indicates otherwise:
The outcome: 49.5 percent wanted to add Weir Cook's name, while 50.5 percent did not.I think there's a lesson here. Politicians are motivated by self-interest, just like the rest of us. Yes, I know that's shocking news for some but that's the way it is.
Politicians like the idea of naming airports after people. Who knows, they also might be so honoured one day. But normal folk - the 50.5 percent - realise that they're going to have to foot the bill for all these changes.
This is just another reason why the state should be allowed to do as little as possible.