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Contempt is more accurate than apathy, certainly. Jo(e) Public will more often come out with "Can't stand any of them" than "Its all fine, so it really doesn't matter" or "I'm just not interested". Instant gratification is insignificant. This government came out and said one term isn't enough, we have a 10 year plan (think transport, famously) so you'll need to give us more time. We did and got naff all for it. We'd happily wait 10 years to fix a long term problem, we just lack any faith that it will come to pass. 2001 was down to that. Labour hadn't done enough wrong to get them shipped out. Tories hadn't done anything to indicate they'd be any better (and they still weren't forgiven for the 18 year administration).
Toggle Commented Feb 6, 2010 on What apathy? at Stumbling and Mumbling
Anyone that states they have no vested interest invites ridicule. Their interest is plain as day at a single glance of their website. That said however... Why did the taxpayer's alliance only collaborate with the Driver's alliance for research on effective use of the transport budget? How was that ever going to produce a balanced outcome? The inference of the research is that the budget should be balanced per passenger kilometre. Where is the supporting evidence that demonstrates investing 10 times more on the road or 1/10th as much on rail is the winning formula for taxpayers?
Ah, the agenda of the previous post is revealed. What is the "cost of road transport greenhouse gas emissions" and how is that constructed? Where is the cost of unnecessary depleting the precious, finite supply of crude oil? A suggestion into further research would be to study the health of passengers in each type. More balance and it would be research worth pursuing.
The Evening Standard article implies that there is extra capacity on the underground "as fewer people [are] using the Tube." Public transport is preferable over private when it comes to efficiency, the environment and resource management. The people I know who move to London give up their cars. They don't need them is the reason they give, not that they are being forced out of them. Motorists that refuse to come to that judgement willingly open themselves up to coercion by the pricing system. Where public transport is irregular and woeful I understand the choice of the personal car. London has it better than most, if not all, other settlements in the country. The Taxpayer Alliance is very much against the wasteful burning of our money, I would hope it's just as sensible about the wasteful burning of fuel.
And then there's National Insurance on top of that too, 1.5% from 2011. When more of the money you earn goes to the government than to you the incentive to avoid that situation is significant. If I ever ended up in that position I'd be talking to my accountant. Why would anyone accept paying 51.5% tax on earnings above £150,000 if the money you pay to your accountant can be paid off with plenty left over from their advice that leads to you avoiding a large chunk of that tax bill?