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Monday Morning Motoring Snippets

Signs could tell drivers to take the train - Telegraph
The Government's determination to promote a low carbon economy is expected to form part of the biggest overhaul of the country's road signs in 40 years

Cost of ministerial car fleet increases - Telegraph
One in seven Labour MPs now have access to an official car, according to figures released by the Government.
According to the Department for Transport there are now 93 ministers who are also provided with a driver as part of their duties.
This is six more than this time last year and the bill for the Government car service has risen from £6 million last year to £6.3 million in 2008-9.

"The Saxon is not like us Normans. His manners are not so polite.
But he never means anything serious till he talks about justice and right.
When he stands like an ox in the furrow – with his sullen set eyes on your own,
And grumbles, 'This isn't fair dealing,' my son, leave the Saxon alone.


"Appear with your wife and the children at their weddings and funerals and feasts.
Be polite but not friendly to Bishops; be good to all poor parish priests.
Say 'we', 'us' and 'ours' when you're talking, instead of 'you fellows' and 'I.'
Dont' ride over seeds; keep your temper; and never you tell 'em a lie!"

Low level civil disobedience and acts of secret defiance are the only options left to many....such a shame we have fallen so low.

Fair point, but where on earth does the idea come from that trains are of necessity "more enviromentally friendly" than cars?

On a purely practical level, with big towns like London, Leeds etc most people have to come into town by train or bus (because the roads into town woould all have to be ten-lane motorways and because half the city centre would have to be given over to multi-storey car-parks) so train/bus is infinitely cheaper/more efficient.

But out in the countryside, in terms of "grammes CO2 per passenger mile" (taking a full cost approach) I am absolutely convinced that cars are considerably more environmentally friendly.

In other words, leave it to the markets and we'll arrive at the least-bad outcome.

Anyone know the environmental impact of painting more signs, erecting the signs, and so on?

The regulations need to be "liberalised". I bet you a fiver that includes removing the ban on metric road signs.

Wonkotsane: I am sure you're right. I didn't think of it at the time. No bet against from me, that's for sure.

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