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Tonight you were worried about getting factories making cars working and bringing life back to Liverpool city centre.
Fast chargers for EV, Fast chargers for EV, Fast chargers for EV.
And worried about Care Homes in Covid -19 and the unequal importance of PPE for their staff. A bit late in the day there. The fault line was there when NHS created in 1948 but no one then anticipated the need for nursing care in residential care homes and nursing homes for vast numbers of people living into their 80s, 90s and beyond .The modern-day hospice movement came into being in 1967 when Dame Cicely Saunders founded St Christopher’s House in London.
Labour as well as Conservative Governments ducked the issue ever since. Hypothecated National Health Insurance one step too far, with contributions after retirement when you need it most.
Take 100 lines – “I must be blind!”
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Do you realise the total failure of UK’s national cycling policy? The number of Cyclists flatlined since 2002 despite media hype and over £1 billion committed to it.
The overarching aim was to double cyclists by 2020. Copy Europe, Amsterdam, Copenhagen etc. Maybe you liked the idea too? But an unavoidable health & safety risk, more work for A & E. In 2016, 18,477 cyclists were injured in reported road accidents, including 3,499 who were killed or seriously injured and reported to the police. Traffic gridlock. Lost time and money. Yes, spending okay, maybe, in central London. Metropolitan elite happy in lycra. But yet another expensive bureaucratic failure.
WHY? You never spotted it! Local authorities delegated planning to cycling charity, Sustrans, rank amateurs, their enthusiasm for two wheels disguising a near pathological dislike of four; single issue fanatics, in the late Bernard Levin’s words. And protest suppressed. Traffic lights flashing amber and red set to green and warnings ignored. Sounds familiar?
Immediately lockdown ends, dump more cycle lanes for non-existent cyclists AND boost fast chargers for the electric car revolution in city centres. Tens of thousands.The quickest way to get clean air into our towns and cities and revive city centres too. Play catch-up yet again with other people.
For once you should be ahead of the game, not just following it.
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