I receive a great many e-mails telling me that I must DO something with them – I particularly hate anything that has the phrase ‘smart women’ in it, and when an ostensibly humorous e-mail slips into my virtual letterbox saying “send this to ten smart, funny women (or men who can take a joke!!!)” or “pass this on in five minutes or your children will be interfered with by aliens with spoons” etc etc, I immediately delete it. I don’t usually sign on-line petitions either.
However, on this occasion I will. I am absolutely fed to the teeth with being victimised for having the temerity to drive a car. Drivers are taxed and penalised at every turn; the only people more vilified than car drivers are smokers and don’t even get me started on the government’s hypocritical attitude to smoking.
I could not possibly manage without a car because:
a) I live 100 miles away from my family
b) the school run is a 20 mile round trip
c) the buses only run once an hour
d) it is often the only time in my day when I’m alone, and that time is incredibly valuable to me.
I drive a well maintained Ford Escort not a Chelsea Tractor and I never put less than £30 of petrol a week into my car. I completely agree that cars pollute, but until such time as there is sufficient public transport to make it a viable alternative, then cars are here to stay and the Government’s energies (pardon the pun) must be concentrated on realistic alternative fuels. And that doesn’t mean giant bloody windfarms despoiling the landscape.
A recently discovered cousin (in whom I am well pleased), who is an Accountant and Knows Things, sent me the following and I am going to sign it.
When VAT was temporarily reduced to 15%, the Chancellor added 2% duty to fuel to offset the reduction in tax collected from motorists. Now that VAT has been increased to 17.5% again this hidden tax has not been removed – hence recent rises in your fuel costs. Sign the petition at the link below to have this stealth tax removed.
Glad I got that off my chest.