Most people recognise that "spin" and barefaced lies are now a centra
characteristic of modern Government at both local and national level
I've just received an email from TfL which, I think, takes the biscuit
One part reads as follows:
"Londons Congestion Charge, when it was first introduced in 2003, was
huge success. There was a 15 per cent reduction in traffic in th
Congestion Charge zone, which led to a 30 per cent reduction i
congestion, as well as improvements in air quality."
I used to drive every day in Central London during that period so I ha
a front seat view. The truth is that from the moment Livingstone and hi
henchmen got in, they deliberately created congestion by a variety o
anti-social tricks, one of which was re-phasing traffic lights. When
the congestion charge was introduced, many of the traffic lights wer
returned to their previous phasing with the inevitable result tha
traffic flowed more smoothly. The pathologically dishonest Livingston
claimed the improvement was caused by the new charge reducing traffi
volumes. Sadly, large numbers of gullible people were taken in.
Within a few weeks the traffic lights were returned again to TfL'
anti-social phasing and congestion returned despite the much-heralde
reduction in vehicles. The supposed 30% reduction was very short lived
I'm also sceptical that the Congestion Charge did reduce traffic level
by as much as 15% because most of the traffic in London was not liabl
for the charge.
The deliberate creation of congestion has continued ever since with th
results many people now acknowledge. The Charley Brown roundabout is du
to be sabotaged in the next few weeks.
I find the gall and insolence of TfL claiming that their policies hav
reduced air pollution in London appalling even by today's low standards