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November 2011 Blog Posts (3)

Fuel prices

A few decades ago, when income tax hit 98%, most high earners went into tax exile. Now the top rate of tax is a reasonable 50%, although it’s due to drop to 40% (also reasonable) as soon as the government can swing it. Tax on fuel is an unreasonable 66% but people hit by the artificially high price can’t afford to fill their tanks, let alone decamp. Ministers justify the unjustifiable by saying they need to raise another £1.5bn. As I keep saying, traffic system reform offers kind cuts in the…

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Added by Martin Cassini on November 15, 2011 at 20:40 — No Comments

Death of another cyclist

How many roads ..? And how many deaths will it take 'til he knows, that too many people have died? Sorry tale here(http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-24009578-second-fatal-collision-at-cycle-route-roundabout.do). Brian…

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Added by Martin Cassini on November 14, 2011 at 18:00 — No Comments

M5 crash

(Update of yesterday's post) Condolences to the people affected in what seems to have been a freak event, but calls for the 70mph limit to remain are irrelevant. Instead of driving by numbers, we should drive according to context. Any crash is yet another reminder that phasing in an advanced driving test is long overdue.

Added by Martin Cassini on November 6, 2011 at 12:00 — No Comments

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