5 things that have been decided quicker than the airport expansion

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The decision between expanding at either Heathrow or Gatwick airport has finally been announced - congratulations to Heathrow - but doesn't it feel like it took a really long time?

We've all been talking about it for what seems like an age. It been over a year since the Davies Commission came out in favour of a third runway at Heathrow but the debate over expansion of airport capacity in south east England first emerged 15 years ago.

It was all the way back in June 2001, Labour ministers were reported to be "seriously considering" building a runway at Heathrow in order to keep pace with other European airports.

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Of course there have been many twists and turns in the debate over the years. But instead of delving into the somewhat turgid details, we want to pause and remember things that have been decided quicker than airport expansion in the South East.

What momentous things have been followed through quicker than the 15 years and four months it's taken to come to today's decision?

1. The Chilcot Report

Chilcot Report
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Ah - the Iraq Inquiry. It really seemed to go on for a long time, didn't it? It was announced in July 2009 by Gordon Brown and was finally published in July 2016 at a whopping 2.6 million words and 12 volumes.

Seems long - but still swifter than the airport expansion decision.

2. The Spice Girls comeback

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Everyone's favourite girl group, the Spice Girls, broke the hearts of millions when they went on an indefinite hiatus in 2000. Even though the wait seemed interminable, they staged a comeback in 2007 and went on a world tour.

Seven years without the Spice Girls seemed like an age: but their comeback was still decided in a shorter period of time than the airport expansion.

3. Donald Trump being chosen as the Republican candidate for president

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The US presidential election always seems like a marathon - it feels like Trump has been dominating the headlines for years.

However long it might have seemed, Trump announced his intention to run for president on 16 June 2015. After a dirty battle between other candidates like Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, he achieved the majority of delegates on 26 May 2016 and was named the Republican nominee. Under a year in total.

4. Brexit

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The UK leaving the European Union is one of the most momentous political decisions made in our lifetimes. Seeming as it's so significant, you would think that it would take longer than deciding between Gatwick and Heathrow, right?

Wrong - David Cameron announced the referendum date to the House of Commons on 22 February 2016, and the decision to leave the EU was announced a mere four months later on 24 June 2016. It could be years before the UK officially severs its ties, but we bet not 15 years.

5. The entire Great British Bake Off

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On Wednesday the winner of the seventh season of The Great British Bake Off will be announced - and whoever will be crowned victorious has been waiting seven years for their time to shine, ever since the first season of the show.

While you could technically say that it's only taken this season for the winner to be picked, we stand by the fact that they've been waiting ever since the first show aired. Anyway, it's a shorter time than the airport decision.

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"Ash vs Evil Dead" follows Ash, stock boy, aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who spent 30 years avoiding responsibility, and terrors of the Evil Dead.

So there you have it: These are just five examples of things that have been decided quicker than the airport expansion in the south-east. We're just grateful that the saga is finally coming to a close.