Over 20 years ago I read 1984. it was a fantasy, scary, but it would never happen, but now it has. We are more observed and monitored in this country than virtually any other country in the world, so don't say this won't happen, it will, one day. once a suitably missleading campaign has been waged about it's environmental benifits. As regards speeding and monitoring your whereabouts, well, if your doing nothing wrong then what do you have to worry about. so taking that argument to it's conclusion, why not chip every individual and have cameras in our homes, after all, if your doing nothing wrong....
As for france having no road tax, travelling the length of france will cost almost as much in tolls in one journey as I pay in road tax in a year, so I use other roads. taxing the motorways just pushes people onto other roads.
As to carbon emissions. Despite our congested roads the UK has one of the lowest levels in the Northern hemisphere, and vehicles are responsible for less than 1.5% of that. it's not cars that are killing the environment (if indeed it is being killed off, and there is a strong body of opinion that says it isn't). But cars are an easy target. we all have to use them so the governement can pretty much ladle on as much tax as they want, and if people winge to much, then they can also put out a bit more missleading information about the environment, like the hysteria we have seen over the last few weeks.
Why do you think the government invests so little in a proper public transport infrastructure or alternative fuels. they aren't interested in the environment, just how much money they can get out of you.
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Last edited by moggy 1968; 9 Feb 2007 at 20:38.