Pssst, want a second-hand aircraft carrier? Got one going cheap, only a few million miles on the clock. Go on, would look lovely next to the mantelpiece.
Yes, the MoD has an aircraft carrier to dispose of and is looking for ideas — mostly of a heritage nature.
HMS Illustrious, or Lusty as she is known is up for grabs and anyone able to buy the ship and do something vaguely sensible with it can have it.
I am sure the various heritage groups in more obvious locations such as Southampton, Portsmouth etc are plotting and planning as I type.
However, the various outposts of the Imperial War Museum in central London, the RAF Museum in Colindale, and the Historic Dockyard in Chatham show there is interest in military history.
So, why not set up a group to put together a bid for Lusty and moor her somewhere along the Thames in the London docks area?
Would be a good draw for tourists to the area — say near the Thames Barrier, or the O2 (heck, it might make the cable car popular).
Otherwise she’ll be sold for scrap — which seems a pity.