Tag Archives: traffic system reform

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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Missing the point again

To cut the deficit, the Govt is thinking of selling its stake in Eurostar, which could raise £20bn. Among other national assets it might flog is the Royal Mint. Meanwhile, traffic regulation, which acts to our detriment and costs tens … Continue reading

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A million miles

“We have to get away from the patronising view that the state knows better than the individual,” stated Chancellor, George Osborne, on 21 July 2014, “about how to spend its money.” He was referring to pensions reform, and is still … Continue reading

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Pulling off a fast one

“We will find the money to pay for the fuel tax freeze,” says Cameron. It never enters the heads of policymakers to consider traffic system reform as a rich source of kind cuts and efficiency savings. In persuading us that we … Continue reading

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Trains and automobiles

In his latest bid to keep HS2 on track, the transport minister is now claiming capacity is the crucial factor. Capacity could be increased by adding carriages to existing trains and if necessary extending platforms to accommodate them. Above all, … Continue reading

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HS twaddle

In a desperate bid to keep the HS2 vanity project alive, the transport minister will quote a report commissioned by HS2 Ltd which says HS2 will boost the economy by £15bn a year. That dubious figure is dwarfed by the potential … 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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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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Criminal justice and traffic policy – both need reform

In arch-conservative Texas, a revolution in criminal justice is in progress. Condemnation is giving way to understanding, incarceration to rehabilitation. As a result, prison numbers are dropping dramatically, as are crime and recidivism. “I am getting the biggest bang possible for taxpayers’ bucks … Continue reading

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Extending speed limits

There are plans to reduce speed limits in towns and on rural roads. Like traffic lights, speed limits would be redundant if the rules of the road were based on equality instead of priority, if roads were designed to express a social … Continue reading

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