DAILY MAIL COMMENT: Labour’s plans are pure freeway theft
Labour likes to assert it is on the aspect of hardworking folks. Nonetheless, its remedy of motorists exhibits it regards them with nothing however disdain.
First got here London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s hated Ulez enlargement scheme, a pernicious stealth tax on those that can least afford it.
Now Labour’s Welsh authorities will roll out blanket 20mph velocity zones throughout the nation – yet one more money cow masquerading as a public well being service.
Wales’s Corbynite First Minister Mark Drakeford, who has turned the principality right into a laboratory for crackpot socialist concepts, insists his mass, virtue-signalling experiment will save lives.
In truth, there may be each cause to consider the scheme will end in extra accidents, not fewer. Drivers trying to keep away from being caught out by velocity cameras usually tend to be distracted by their speedometer. In the meantime, sluggish site visitors will immediate extra overtaking, placing extra highway customers in danger.
First got here London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s hated Ulez enlargement scheme, a pernicious stealth tax on those that can least afford it
Furthermore, the monetary implications are set to be disastrous. Even the Welsh authorities’s personal assessments predict it might hit the financial system by an eye-watering £9billion. Confronted with such calamity, it is exhausting to disagree with Welsh Secretary David TC Davies, who describes Mr Drakeford’s plans as ‘past insane’.
In fact, no one needs reckless driving, notably of their neighbourhood.
Implementing 20mph limits round colleges and different built-up areas is completely wise.
However voters aren’t silly. They know a cash spinner once they see one – as demonstrated by the livid backlash in latest weeks in opposition to Ulez.
If Rishi Sunak had any sense, he would take this chance to place some clear blue water between the 2 events and name out this deranged ploy for what it truly is: Freeway theft.
Starmer’s all at sea
After months of trashing the Authorities, Sir Keir Starmer this week lastly introduced Labour’s massive thought to cease the small boats crossing the channel.
His daring technique: Settle for hundreds extra migrants from the EU within the useless hope that Brussels will graciously enable us to ship again a few of these with no respectable proper to be right here.
But for all of the fanfare surrounding the launch of his proposals, it is tough to search out anybody with a form phrase to say about them. The Labour-supporting unions have condemned them, as have Left-leaning charities. Even a few of Sir Keir’s personal backbenchers are reported to assume the plans unworkable.
In the meantime, his so-called mates within the European Union, whom he will need to have assumed would greet his provide of nearer co-operation with open arms, have slammed his method as ‘delusional’.
Sir Keir cockily insists he’s ‘taking management’ of the immigration scenario. But when he cannot even persuade his personal supporters to again his plans, what likelihood does he have with the remainder of the nation?
Sunak exhibits his metal
The transfer won’t solely safe way forward for Tata’s Port Talbot steelworks but additionally hundreds of jobs throughout the trade
For Britain to have any significant industrial technique, a thriving metal trade stays essential.
It’s critical element for defence, constructing and all method of producing. If we won’t make our personal, we’re on the mercy of overseas markets.
So two cheers, then, for the Prime Minister for placing collectively a £500million assist bundle for Tata Metal that may assist it transition to greener, extra environment friendly manufacturing strategies.
The transfer won’t solely safe way forward for Tata’s Port Talbot steelworks but additionally hundreds of jobs throughout the trade.
That stated, the deal represents an unlimited funding. All involved should now guarantee this might be cash effectively spent.