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February 28, 2017

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Hypocrisy !

February 28, 2017

Read an interesting article in the AutoExpress by the outspoken Mike Rutherford in that he highlights the utter hypocrisy of the London Mayor, Sadiq Khan. A former stand up comedian, discrimination solicitor & human rights advocate, Khan, a staunch Labour man with an eye on becoming Party Leader, is responsible for many millions of residents, visitors & commuters into / out of London. Despite the fact he is the "ringmaster" for the hundreds of poor performing buses & taxis which spew out their fumes from old engines, he is now imposing an EXTRA £10 per day on cars and vans that were built pre 2006 that enter "his" city - add that to the £11.50 congestion charge already in place, and that means a daily cost of £21.50 for such vehicles to go there, but conveniently NOT applied to his beloved buses, taxis and coaches, all of which are far more polluting. So that's his Hypocritical Stance No 1. It would appear he wants to ban all diesels (but not his public transport ones), and not just from London, but NATIONWIDE, and has called on the Government to pay motorists £3,500 to scrap their diesel cars. That's his Hypocritical Stance No 2, because as the Labour Transport Minister in the last Labour Government, it was him, amongst others in there, who encouraged us to buy diesel engine cars for the better mpg they provide - he is now demonising the diesel engine, and wants us to scrap the cars he & his Labour regime helped put on the road in the first place. Rutherford also makes the observation that if Sadiq Khan does get to become Leader, he could (would ?) team up with the English /Tory hating SNP, the anti car Lib Dums and the tree hugging eco warrior Greens in order to form a coalition that would, if elected, sound the death knell for us motorists - God forbid, please !  Any thoughts ?     John (JKW)

February 28, 2017

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Hypocrisy !

February 28, 2017

You are right John, Khan was Transport Minister in the early 'noughties' when we were all being extolled to buy diesels. He was also a sidekick of that other mega hypocrite Chakrabati in the 'Liberty' organisation. Apropos him becoming leader of Labour, not sure he is a radical enough leftie but stranger things have happened. The thing is, JC is worshipped by the Labour Party membership, the rank and file, all 400,000 of them. He has the largest mandate from his party, ( not the PLP of course) of any politician in Europe. I think he is safe as leader until he decides otherwise. Khan has baggage from his soft dealings with banned radical Muslim groups although truth be told he walked the mayoral election. I believe the death knell of diesel vehicles has been sounded. I believe within 5 years all of the older diesel cars will be scrapped in a similar vein to the last Government sponsored scrappage deal. More modern diesels and lorries, taxis, busses etc will take a lot longer to get rid of, I suspect 20 years or more, because the impact in the motor industry of anything other than a slow, phased retreat from diesel vehicles would be catastrophic. I have a now 2 year old 3 litre diesel vehicle. I will probably trade it in just on the 3 year point, before the proverbial starts to really bite and while I can still get a reasonable price for it. I won't be buying another diesel that's for sure. As for the idea of a multi party coalition, anything is possible but let's not forget the SNP hates Labour only marginally less than they do the Tories and the Lib Dumbos and the Green Party only have 9 seats between them.  

February 28, 2017

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Hypocrisy !

February 28, 2017

I bought diesel cars for my business when I found out that diesel was half the price of petrol and you got twice the mileage, this was a sound investment until successive governments realised the amount of tax they were losing. Up went the price diesel until it became more expensive than petrol, thus getting more per capita out of the diesel owners than the petrol owners . I don't know whether you are aur fey with the crude oil cracker, but , the oil is pumped in  and refining starts, the higher up the cracker it goes the more refined it becomes until at the top you have pure products used in medicines etc, all the way up different products are made from the resulting oil, and is priced accordingly. Now we come to my gripe the second thing out of the cracker is diesel, the eigth thing out is petrol, so why is diesel more expensive than petrol , TAX, Admittedly mpg for petrol cars has improved dramatically since, however the petrol cars still vastly outnumber the diesel, so the diesel owner is being unfairly tax.

February 28, 2017

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Hypocrisy !

February 28, 2017

1994 census of vehicles show 7.4 per cent of licensed cars were diesel, 2012 census (leaves available figures) show 32.7 per cent. Out of a sop posed total of nearly 34 million vehicles.. Extrapolate those figures and you arrive at over 10 million diesel cars on the UK roads. That's some figure to try and get rid of! As an aside all other European countries sell diesel at a lower price than petrol for precisely the reason Bob states.

March 1, 2017

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Hypocrisy !

March 1, 2017

Here's another guy " he" thinks he's above the democratic process,who ,?? the pilick who is  CEO of Ryanair . 60 odd million potential customers who may or may not fly on his crappy airline are being told by him that " he will reduce flights to and from the UK 'cause of Brexit. EasyJet anyone ????


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