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Congestion Charging
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From: Dave
Category: Other stuff
Date: 17 February 2003

Review

Predictably car drivers are against it, people who have to pay a fiver anyway to cram onto tubes and buses for the day can't see what they're moaning about. The issue is whether you think that traffic, pollution, and the use of fossil fuels should be reduced. If you do then you should support the congestion charge. It may not be perfect but all solutions to big problems require time and effort to work. Those who don't give a shit about the environment, will pretend they're worried about nurses and meatworkers but really they just don't care about the goal, and find it easier to criticise the means than come out and say: don't worry, let's destroy the planet. The media is hostile because it is owned and staffed by well-off car drivers, who can't stand the thought of being stuck with the plebs on bused ( remember the money raised will be used on public transport). My prediction is that the pessimism has been overdone and that the C. Charge be a success. The moaners and reactionaries and polluters have played their hand too soon and too strong.

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