It’s that Curajus State, isn’t it?

Drivers of diesel cars are to be given financial help by the Government, Theresa May has hinted, as cities across the UK prepare to introduce new taxes on the vehicles.

The Prime Minister said that drivers who were encouraged to buy diesel cars by previous governments, only to see the policy reversed, must now be “taken into account”.

Mrs May said she is “very conscious” of the fact that there was a push towards diesel under Labour more than a decade ago because of concerns over carbon emissions.

Her comments are the clearest indication yet that the Government is considering introducing a scrappage scheme to incentivise drivers to trade-in older diesel vehicles.

Government knows best, oh yes. We must take climate action oh yes. And we must do it not the way the economists say, with a carbon tax, but by micromanagement of the regulations, oh yes.

And of course it all fucks up in a most expensive manner. Oh yes.

But the state must be Curajus, Oh Yes.

Fascism would be more attractive with competent fascists really, wouldn’t it? Lee Kuan Yew has wielded the sort of power Ritchie insists should be used upon us. And he’s not done a bad job despite the not a lot of democracy. The outcome of Corbyn and McDonnell having that sort of power is going to be what?

13 comments on “It’s that Curajus State, isn’t it?

  1. So the carbon non-problem is likely to cost UK taxpayers another large fortune via a dick-witted car scrapping scheme.

    What about a scheme for scrapping political and bureaucratic pork. Except without ANY money changing hands.

    Call it a Purge.

  2. I have a diesel car. I didn’t buy it because it was ‘green’, it was the car I wanted for other reasons, it just happened to be diesel.

    How much will you give me for it, Teresa?

  3. Oooh, goodie. My wife’s 12 year-old diesel is due replacement. I was thinking of maybe next year, but if someone is stupid enough to pay me more than it’s worth now, why wait.

  4. I have a diesel estate car. I wanted a petrol one but because of the idiot government subsidy 99 out 100 of of cars I wanted to buy second hand were diesel.

    I said at the time it would increase air pollution but CO2 was Blair’s fashionable worry so fuck the choking kids, save polar bears.

    Trouble with a scappage scheme is it funds only news cars which means poorer people can’t benefit. The govt should just say take your old motor to ‘We buy any Car’ or similar and Spreadsheet Phil will give you 20% of its value on top. Then you can buy what you want.

  5. The govt should just say take your old motor to ‘We buy any Car’ or similar and Spreadsheet Phil will give you 20% of its value on top.

    Use the money to buy a second-hand diesel and repeat. Profits!

  6. DevonChap,

    And presumably the Govt then has to pay We Buy Any Car to scrap said car. Whoopee, they have no incentive to get the lowest price they can.

    I’m really looking forward to this policy. It will be even better if the Simple Shopper sets up their own version of we buy any car.

  7. Take away free bus passes for people aged 60-64 and hand them to people who bought a diesel car before 2011.
    Or offer diesel owners a free boot modification so they can fit a bike in the back, then they can park on the edge of towns and pedal in.
    What fun that would be.

  8. “Her comments are the clearest indication yet that the Government is considering introducing a scrappage scheme to incentivise drivers to trade-in older diesel vehicles.”

    That’s really daft. It’s not the older ones that are the problem.

  9. The worst aspect of scrappage schemes is that it drives up the price of older but still serivicable vehicles. Cars that were looked after tend to be the ones that get scrapped as the owners decide to get a new vehicle which leaves a higher proportion of the crappier ones whilst reducing the overall number.

    Before the last one you could buy an older car with 6 months MOT for £200 and get 18 monyhs usage before it was too costly to keep on the road, after the scrappage scheme cars were £300 and would only last till the MOT ran out.

  10. Bob: That’s my policy. I buy a car for about £500 and keep it going until the price of getting it through the MOT is more than its value.

    Last month I was sat at a roundabout and somebody smashed into the back of me. His insurance company has written off my car and paid me more than I bought it for! With the VED refund that’s paid for a replacement.

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