Beam Park Labour Councillor Matthew Stanton hits back at local Conservatives ‘shallow’ criticism of ULEZ.
Councillor Matthew Stanton today writes in the Havering Daily:
The Conservative ‘criticism’ of ULEZ is laughably shallow. Austerity did not trouble them, the billions lost into the offshore accounts of the private sector for non-existent PPE and ‘track & trace’ did not raise a murmur. The current cost of living crisis is not worth their time.
The funding crisis inflicted on TFL by then-Mayor Boris Johnson, as economically illiterate then as now, has forced TfL and the Mayor of London into a difficult choice.
Poor air quality is attributed to 9,400 deaths a year in London, according to the cross-party London Councils body. Where have any of the Conservatives been suggesting alternative ways to draw down this number, while ULEZ was being considered let alone implemented?
National government of all persuasions has long bowed to the wishes of the car lobby, our whole society is increasingly aligned around the motor vehicle. I drive myself, I’m not trying to kid anyone that I don’t. And I don’t want ordinary people to pay £12.50 a day on top of what they are already paying. But if we don’t have a positive plan to improve our neighbourhoods, increase opportunities for local employment, and wean ourselves off our car addiction, if we don’t have a carrot to offer people, all we’ll have is the stick. The Conservatives, as they’ve shown themselves in their scornful attitude towards the cost of living crisis, only have a stick for us. They are keeping the carrots for their donors.
The Conservatives are happy to let you keep £12.50 in your left pocket because they are hoovering out your bank accounts.