In the news today: cuts in government subsidies to local bus services, i.e. a kick in the teeth for the people, against a backdrop of abysmal existing provision, punitive parking controls in towns, and government obsession with a £60bn hi-speed rail link which will do nothing for local communities. The Today Programme’s uncritical coverage prompted this irritable email from me to the editor: “Has your investigative streak finally withered away? There is a solution to the cuts question that I have tried to bring to your attention for months, even years. Our counterproductive traffic control system offers scope for kind cuts which would avoid the “need” for other cuts, and go a long way to solving the entire deficit. They would disadvantage no-one except traffic managers and systems manufacturers who have been ruling our lives to our detriment for too long. You want arguments and evidence? I have them.” That must be the 10th email to the programme (including named editors) which has gone unheeded. I’ve asked this before but I’ll ask it again: just as traffic managers are failing in their duty of care to our time, health, quality of life and the planet, are the broadcasters failing in their duty to air new ideas?