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By Theo Leggett, business correspondent
Sometimes it's important to be seen to be doing something. That may well be the case with the government's plans to combat drone misuse.
It had been planning action for some time - and had already held a major consultation on its proposals. Then came the dramas at Gatwick before Christmas.
So would the new measures have made any difference in that situation? Probably not. Flying a drone close to an airport was already illegal, under legislation passed last year. The problem there was actually finding those responsible.
But drone misuse is now a hot topic, so announcing these measures now, and widening the exclusion zone around airports, may help draw off some of the political flak.
Meanwhile the Home Office will "begin to test and evaluate the safe use of a range of counter-drone technology in the UK".
That may well be the wisest way forward. But critics are likely to ask why such testing wasn't already under way.
After all, the threat was a known one, and it seems the Army at least had access to that kind of technology.
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What a load of crap !!