Jackie Ashley is starting to annoy me: I can take scepticism about new media; I can take sarcasm against Blair (sometime I even indulge in it myself); but I can’t take bad arguments. Today she writes about the road-pricing petition: she claims that building new roads would not help with congestion. Her argument? The fact that, over the last 10 years, the number of cars in the country has gone from 26m to 33m. So building new roads won’t help, because the number of cars will keep growing. But it is silly to think that the number of cars will grow indefinitely. We know why Ashley doesn’t want new roads – the environment. And that’s fair enough. So please let it not be disguised behind poor argument.
Having said that, don’t sign the petition.