Friday, 9 November 2012

The Road To Downing Street

How about, as part of the comprehensive reorganisation of the tax and benefits system that the Labour Party will have to devise between now and the next General Election, a headline-grabbing, fully costed commitment to reduce petrol duty dramatically, and either to do the same to road tax or else, quite conceivably, to abolish it altogether?

Jeremy Clarkson, of what is now the Labour Ward of Chipping Norton, what would you say to that? You would be saying something quite different a couple of years later, when the implications had sunk in, for only in Britain do motorists imagine that somehow they own the roads because of "we pay for them" through road tax and petrol duty, which are not particularly large contributions to the colossal central and local government cost of the road network. But by then, it would be too late.

Ed Miliband and Ed Balls, over to you.

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