It aint about the traffic, it’s all about the money

via BBC

via BBC

Globe trotting Whaleoil reader johcar reports from London

Having walked around central London for a couple of days now, I really only have one question : “How’s that congestion charging working for you, London?”

I guess the argument could be made that it would be worse without it, but if I can overtake a car while walking and beat it to the next set of lights, there’s something seriously wrong with the concept of congestion charging…

Coming soon to a city near me… :(


The basic truth is that congestion charges are just another tax levied by the city.  They are generally publicly targeted at paying for additional public transport instead of roading.  But as we’re starting to see in Auckland, and Wellington, they keep stealing perfectly good paid-for roads for busses, trains and cycleways.   None of that improves traffic congestion.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.