Broken promises

It never ceases to amaze me that with a government either incapable or unwilling to cut spending will rapidly break promises to end the war on motorists to try and raise funding by introducing tolls on already existing roads to pay for improvements (With not even the slightest irony over the road tax fund)

Still what’s a promise to a politician or the coagulation?


Motorists face paying tolls on an existing stretch of road in Britain for the first time under plans unveiled by Justine Greening, the Transport Secretary.
The proposals to impose tolls for using an “enhanced” 20-mile section of the A14 in Cambridgeshire, represents a significant shift in Government policy and could herald similar projects in the other part of the country.
The plans come despite a pledge by the Coalition to end the “war on the motorist” on taking office and not to introduce tolls on the existing road network.

Yes I know roads need to be improved, but that’s what the road tax fund was for, though I’m not so naive to believe that it’s been used as simply another part of the over all tax pot  since its origination.

I couldn’t believe the utter hypocrisy of the Labour spokesman further down in the article too telling the government off for introducing tolls. This is the same political party who set up the M6 toll road and reneged on a promise to end the tolls on the Dartford Crossing too.

Still I’m fairly sure I could raise the funding for road improvements without soaking the motorist simply by shutting down all funding for fake charities, getting rid of the Department for Overseas Development, restricting the number of SpAds available to ministers, oh and leaving the EU, that’s good for another £5 billion plus too.

See, it’s easy and if I can come up with that on the fly why can’t the government?

Well mostly it’s down to priorities, the government sees its responsibilities in a far different light to you and I. I want them just to do the important stuff necessary to keeping the state going, they want to control my life and my cash down to the maximum level of intrusiveness because after all, they know what’s good for us all…

We really need a cull of the political classes, don’t we?

2 comments for “Broken promises

  1. July 19, 2012 at 9:12 am

    And don’t forget the exceeding 40mph on country road tax that will follow from the reduction in rural speed limits.

  2. David A. Evans
    July 20, 2012 at 1:02 am

    I think what Richard north says is…

    Remind me why we don’t just rise up and slaughter them all!

    EDIT: I think he got pulled by the plods for that too.


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