Why is it always the English that pay?

! This post hasn't been updated in over a year. A lot can change in a year including my opinion and the amount of naughty words I use. There's a good chance that there's something in what's written below that someone will find objectionable. That's fine, if I tried to please everybody all of the time then I'd be a Lib Dem (remember them?) and I'm certainly not one of those. The point is, I'm not the kind of person to try and alter history in case I said something in the past that someone can use against me in the future but just remember that the person I was then isn't the person I am now nor the person I'll be in a year's time.

Alistair Darling, the English Transport Minister elected in Scotland, is set to introduce a pay-as-you-drive scam in England but not in Scotland where he was elected.

The story was reported on BBC Breakfast this morning, minus the bits about the discrimination unsurprisingly.

Why is it always the English that pay?  Even when Scots drive in England they won’t have to pay because they won’t have the tracking equipment fitted to their cars.


  1. Toque (32 comments) says:

    It’s Douglas Alexander now (transport I mean).

  2. wonkotsane (1133 comments) says:

    So he is, he’s still one of our northern friends though. 😆

  3. Sean Lynch (80 comments) says:

    I’ll tell you what though, having just read the bbc comments board I don’t think they will[pay]. There’s people talking open revolt on there!! Never seen that on a BBC!!
    comments board, Just read the readers recommended list and enjoy the dissent from the “masses” !

  4. A brummie (75 comments) says:

    Well let’s face it. Conjestion is mainly an English problem, requiring an English solution. No doubt there are areas of North Britain that have jams but it’s nothing like it is here – it’s a population issue.

    (self cencored paragraph about who would want to live in Scotland)

    I don’t mind a pay as you go system, it makes sense to me.

    Foriegners using our roads though, should obviously have to pay as they went too.

    Obviously anything implemented by Labour (ping spittoon) is going to be bollocks but the idea of relative payments based on distance travelled is ok imo.

  5. wonkotsane (1133 comments) says:

    Brummie, fuel duty is a per-mile tax. Congestion charging is just another way of making money, it’s nothing to do with the environment.

  6. HSBguzzler (1 comments) says:

    It never ceases to amaze me how many fools there are that are prepared to happily give their money away to scams masquarading as socially beneficial taxes.

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