Vote Conservative and pay more taxes!
That's the rallying cry from young George "Nice but dim" Osbourne, the Shadow Chancellor. Yes, Georgie-boy is determined that should the CONservatives ever get back into power, "green" tax take will rise. He's looking at taxing us further on aviation, cars, carbon..
But wait a second, fear not. For George is going to Japan to ride on the magnetic test train they have in Tokyo. He reckons that we could have similar in the UK! You can just see it, can't you? I mean the UK has such an impressive record on the rails?!!!!! I can see one such high speed train, travelling at 360mph, speeding through Crewe station. (Not on the tracks, just through the station!)
Of course apart from the fact that such a fancy as Osbourne imagines would never happen, there is the equally off-putting fact that vice-chairman of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Cliff Perry has claimed that such trains used too much energy to be considered a sustainable form of transport. The method "doesn't achieve fast journeys without an environmental cost", as the trains "consume an awful lot of energy".
How about putting a TAX on it - problem solved!
I may be a conservative by instinct, but when I see the floundering of this neo-liberal rabble led by Call Me Dave, I wonder if there is any merit in it ever getting back into power. The betrayal of a friend is always worse than that of an enemy, they say.