Distraught customers at Heathrow have been in anguish because their flights to Libya have been unaccountably delayed and cancelled.
Mrs Dee from Derby, 45, exclaimed that her children's half term had been ruined. 'We love our holidays in Tripoli' she explained 'it is something we look forward to every year. My husband and I enjoy the night-life and the children can go and see the fireworks. This year they even have real cowboy displays and African dances.'
Long queues at Heathrow told their own story. Faces of disappointment and frustration. A holiday in Libya denied them. 'You can get people from Italy and Poland going but we can't manage it. It's a disgrace' complained Hildergard Uppity 'why can't we have a plane from the Queen's flight? I ask you, what is the Foreign Office doing?'
It was a question I put to the Foreign Secretary Donald Vague. 'We are doing more than you realise' he replied 'I have been ringing the Prime Minister and his Deputy to talk about this.'
Colonel Gadaffi the beaming Libyan leader, joked on Television about British tourists unable to get to his country. 'What a way to run a country' he said 'the British should come and see how we organise things. Then they might be able to deal with radical students properly.'
A fifty gun salute rang over the streets of Tripoli to mark the Gadaffi speech and aircraft flew over to signal their solidarity with their leader. A banner was displayed bringing more shame on Britain: 'Open your Airports Brits' it suggested.