Steve Walker

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Email from Tony

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I received my email from Tony last week, having signed the anti-road pricing petition. There were several irritations in it, but of most relevance here is the tone and implicit attitude to debate of the email. It offered a number of opportunities to read what the government and others have said, but only a very restricted opportunity to continue the debate, or to try to find out why people might object to the proposed solution, even while accepting the premise that there is a problem. [For the record, and having seen some of the pro-car crazies associated with petition, my objection is to the market mechanism. This will have the effect of clearing lower income people off the roads in order to make driving a more pleasant experience for the better off. Some form of rationing would at least be equitable (unused miles could even be auctioned on something like ebay). At the moment the payment by time is at least equitable: there are only 24 hours in a day, whatever your income.] Of course, there’s no way to express this sort of variation of opinion in the model of e-democracy envisaged by the Cabinet Office – which is absolutely no criticism of Tom Steinberg’s work in designing e-petitions, which has had the effect of opening up this debate. The options for responding are below.

Further information

Both the 10 Downing Street and Department for Transport websites offer much more information about road pricing.

This includes a range of independent viewpoints, both for and against.

You can also read the Eddington Report in full.

You can reply to this email by posting a question to Roads Minister Dr. Stephen Ladyman in a webchat on the No 10 website this Thursday.

There will be further opportunities in the coming months to get involved in the debate. You will receive one final e-mail from Downing Street to update you in due course.

If you would like to opt out of receiving further mail on this or any other petitions you signed, please email


Written by Steve

February 26, 2007 at 11:01 am

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