The Corner

ROAD CHARGES

Needless to say Blair’s desperate-for-cash government is looking at extending a version of London’s disastrous road charging over the whole UK. As this is a bad idea that may come over here (courtesy of the Manhattan Institute and others), this analysis by Long Rider is worth a look. He’s not entirely unsympathetic, but this gets to the nub:   “If it was cost neutral, fair and equitable, and people felt that the implementation was reasonable – i.e. the state was not spying on their every move – then the welcome might be a little less cool… However, give a control freak a fix and he will simply want more. This is just the latest fix.”   Indeed.

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