Before the Roman came to Rye or out to Severn strode,
The rolling English drunkard made the rolling English road.
A reeling road, a rolling road, that rambles round the shire,
And after him the parson ran, the sexton and the squire;
After them came Cameron’s cabinet of, mainly, millionaire public schoolboys. They aim not to ramble the roads but to sell off some of the main English highways to the highest bidder. Readers will not need reminding that it will only be English roads, not Scottish, not Welsh, not Irish. In the same way that it was only English forests that they wanted to sell and it is only the English NHS that they are trying to destroy.
Under this scam any new roads and bridges that the ‘owners’ build they will be able to levy a Toll. England already has the UKs only Toll Motorway, the only major road bridges in the UK that are still toll are in England.
The government hopes that this English roads scheme will bring in billions of pounds to the treasury. Then they will be able to then spend that money on improving the lot of the people of ENGLAND!
We all know that that will not happen, the people of England will lose control of their roads, the people of England will have to pay to use any new toll structures built, BUT, and it is the usual but, because of the Barnett Formula much of the money raised in England will go to subsidise Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
A merry road, a mazy road, and such as we did tread.
Sorry they will all be gone, pedestrians may well have to pay as well!
The night we went to Birmingham by way of Beachy Head.
Which may well be the only way to get there from Devon without paying some foreign owners to use ‘their’ toll roads.
(With apologies to G K Chesterton.)