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A wrong turning

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DEPUTY PRIME minister John Prescott unveiled plans in parliament last week to impose 'congestion charges' on cars driving into Britain's cities. Under one plan up for consideration, for example, car drivers would be charged £5 a time to drive into London and then have to pay £2,000 a year to park in the city.
Issue 1674

DEPUTY PRIME minister John Prescott unveiled plans in parliament last week to impose ‘congestion charges’ on cars driving into Britain’s cities. Under one plan up for consideration, for example, car drivers would be charged £5 a time to drive into London and then have to pay £2,000 a year to park in the city.

Prescott’s plan simply penalises the poor to clear the roads for the rich. If there is to be rationing of car use, it should be on the basis of social need. Pensioners, or parents with young children, have far more genuine need to use a car than some yuppie or City fat cat.

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