According to press reports, British Prime Minister David Cameron flew commercial to Washington for his meetings in the U.S. I’m sure that there was a strong element of politics here, but I’ll fall for it and note that this was great to see. I especially enjoyed the comment from No. 10: ”When we are asking the country to tighten their belts as much as we are it’s very hard to justify hiring big jets to swan around the world. It may make his travel a little harder, but the PM believes it’s up to him to set an example.”
It is also worth noting that this is a greener way to fly (hey, Al Gore and other hypocrites so-called greens, take note).
It also allows me to imagine a time when our political leaders didn’t outfit themselves like a a cross between 18th century monarchs and 20th century mob bosses. Yes, I know the world is a dangerous place for heads of state, but shouldn’t a solid democratic spirit suggest that the trappings of office be a bit more modest than we’ve seen of late?