Tag Archives: spending cuts

Paradigm for paradise

It’s anomalous, and scandalous, that while public services are cut to the bone, tens of £billions are blown on a traffic system which amounts to a public disservice. The system is dysfunctional. It fails on every count: safety, health, efficiency, … Continue reading

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Invisible, ignored, baleful

“£12bn in welfare cuts to come”, says Paul Johnson of the IFS, “and billions more in other public service cuts. This is not the end of austerity.” Like everyone else, this economic guru is ignorant of the case for kind … Continue reading

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No alternative?

No alternative to welfare cuts, intone ignorant government ministers. The Opposition is just as bad. No, there is no possible way of putting to better use the tens of billions that support our brutal, unequal, inefficient traffic control system.  

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Cuts in welfare? Take a hike!

Former transport minister, Philip Hammond, now defence secretary, says further cuts in the armed forces would be wrong, so cuts should fall in welfare. There is no silver bullet, said someone else, repeating the moronic mantra that the media accept … Continue reading

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Good cuts and bad

Studies by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the TUC predict that by 2016-17, the cumulative cost of public service cuts for the poorest tenth of households will be £3,995 – or 31.7% of their average annual income (Heather Stewart in … Continue reading

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Different cuts

George Osborne (Today Programme) wants to “tackle unfairness” by making welfare cuts of £10bn. Meanwhile, traffic system reform can still* provide annual cuts of £50bn that will hurt no-one except traffic managers and signal salesmen (*as I’ve been saying for years).

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Brick walls

Our traffic control system makes roads dangerous, causes congestion, generates ill-will, encourages delinquency, damages air quality, damages our health, and costs a fortune. Despite my efforts to enlighten government and media (over the years I’ve emailed the Today programme a … Continue reading

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Cable (and) cars

In the Guardian (21 May), Vince Cable warned about the scale of economic decline and the coming squeeze. He stressed the time and pain required to rebuild our broken economic model. He predicts the impact on living standards will come … Continue reading

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