Virtue Signalling Green Number Plates

The idea for green number plates from Grant Shapps is straight out of nudge theory:

This is at the sensible end of green policymaking: it doesn’t cost much, encourages rather than coerces, and will allow people to virtue signal over paying top money for a car that can’t get them to the shops and back… yet.

The Guardian’s political correspondent Peter Walker, however, reckons “giving electric vehicle drivers free parking just perpetuates yet another problem, inequality.” It does seem paradoxically iniquitous to give the richer owners of the most expensive cars lower taxes and driving costs…

UPDATE: It turns out this is a re-announcement of the scheme Chris Grayling unveiled in September of last year. Unlike Michael Green Grant Shapps to simply rename and relaunch something like this…

Reminds Guido of Shapps’ suspiciously similar speech to Chris Grayling over airline collapse. Is this a DfT that is a little too keen on recycling?..

mdi-timer October 22 2019 @ 09:30 22 Oct 2019 @ 09:30 mdi-comment Comments
ASI Give Extinction Rebellion Protesters a Taste of their own Medicine

Extinction Rebellion are – as their name would suggest – rebelling against the Mets’ Section 14 Order ban on their Westminster protests. Today they’re outside the DfE asking teachers to indoctrinate kids with their anti-scientific conspiracy theories…

Unfortunately for wonks at the ASI, their office directly overlooks the protest. To get their own back for having their work disrupted, the ASI team took to blasting music out at the protesters- starting off with ‘People Will Always Need Coal’ by Public Service Broadcasting, before moving on to ‘Rule Britannia’.

It wasn’t long before Extinction Rebellion asked the ASI to stop disrupting their protest…

The ASI promptly responded by ignoring their complaints and continuing to blast their tunes, including ‘Money’ by That Poppy and The Beatles’ ‘Taxman’. They’re still blaring music, so get your requests in now…

mdi-timer October 21 2019 @ 13:01 21 Oct 2019 @ 13:01 mdi-comment Comments
Sadiq’s Extinction Rebellion Protest U-Turn

Sadiq’s posturing over Extinction Rebellion’s disruption of Londoners’ lives has gone into reverse gear since Tuesday; u-turning from questioning the police’s ban of the climate communists’ protests, to finally calling time on their illegal demonstrations. Maybe he’s realised furious commuters will be responsible for voting him back in next year…

In a statement this morning following the Canning Town Station focus group on Extinction Rebellion’s tube protests, Khan wrote:

“This illegal action is extremely dangerous, counterproductive and is causing unacceptable disruption to Londoners”

If any readers can explain why he wasn’t saying this about their Westminster protests last week, please do get in touch…

mdi-timer October 17 2019 @ 15:13 17 Oct 2019 @ 15:13 mdi-comment Comments
Commuter Calls Out Extinction Rebellion for Electric Train Protest

More great footage from Extinction Rebellions backfired tube protests this morning; with exasperated commuters pointing out the climate communists had glued themselves to an electric train. Clearly when not protesting, Extinction Rebellion are sniffing the stuff…

mdi-timer October 17 2019 @ 11:43 17 Oct 2019 @ 11:43 mdi-comment Comments
Commuters Take Direct Action Against Extinction Rebellion

Watch as Londoners finally voice their frustration with Extinction Rebellion and take matters into their own hands. By dragging the protestors from the top of their tube carriage…

Guido also spots super posh climate nutter Robin Boardman-Pattinson lurking around, although he let his inferiors do the dirty work and stop the tube. For a ‘peaceful movement’, it’s interesting to see Extinction Rebellion resorting to kicking commuters in the head – let’s see if this new tactic wins the public over…

mdi-timer October 17 2019 @ 07:56 17 Oct 2019 @ 07:56 mdi-comment Comments
Extinction Rebellion’s Confused Last Stand

After being cleared out of their last outpost at Trafalgar Square and having a Section 14 order banning them from London, Extinction Rebellion have just one protest venue remaining – outside Millbank tower. In the last few minutes, the police have begun clearing the site…

The question arises, however; why Millbank? When asked, a policemen told a co-conspirator that they had chosen the site believing it to still be the location of CCHQ. Guido didn’t have the heart to tell the protestors…

Some protestors also claimed they were there to protest MI5 (which is down the road) and MI6 (which is across the river). According to two protestors, MI5 – as a data collection agency – is suppressing information reaching the news, and Extinction Rebellion want more coverage of the climate on mainstream news programmes. Effectively Extinction Rebellion’s last stand is calling for longer weather reports in an evening, with a dollop of conspiracy theory to back it up…

The police’s main obstacle to clearing the protest was a caravan in the middle of the road, with a woman in a sleeping bag atop it. As Guido visited the site, the sleepy socialist was finally removed with a JCB lift, allowing the caravan to be moved away. Unfortunately, Guido’s preference for a Top Gear-esque blowing up of the motorhome wasn’t considered by the Met…

mdi-timer October 15 2019 @ 17:19 15 Oct 2019 @ 17:19 mdi-comment Comments
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