“Grounded: Off to the Airplane Graveyard with Private Jets!”. This was the major proposal that SPÖ delegates approved at the party conference. Bizarre explanation: The richest ten percent of the world will put our hard-earned prosperity at risk. Still fully recovered from his holiday at a 5-star superior luxury resort in Cyprus, party leader Bablar is clear that “reckless consumption must end.”
However, the SPÖ in its key proposal does not think ahead about what a landing ban for business jets would mean for Austria as a business location. After all, they want to prevent “a super-rich guy from taking you skiing on the slopes of the Tyrol for a day.” Whether this winter sports lover is an investor who plans to create value and jobs in Austria is irrelevant for the Workers’ Party.
The fight against wealth is certainly also of interest to Franz Schnabl, the former Lower Austrian state party leader of the Social Democrats. After all, he is said to have once had a spy finance a luxury holiday to Corsica. It probably would have been half as good with a long distance coach. The general meaning of the ban popular on the Internet is as follows: “Promote water, drink alcohol”. “And then they’ll want to decide how long the boats and yachts should be,” comments one observer on “Hating the Rich.”