Hilary Benn, the Environment Secretary, has defended the Government\’s proposal to impose substantial increases in road taxes on the drivers of second-hand cars.
I\’ve heard on the grapevine that Benn is both an intelligent and sensible man (well, that tiny part of the political grapevine that I have access to seems to think so). So why is he defending such utter tosh?
We know that petrol is already over-taxed in the UK, we know that it already covers all of its direct and environmental costs and more to boot. There is no valid argument for raising taxation on either cars or fuel further. The only problem left is congestion and that\’s not dealt with by such flat taxation anyway.
So why\’s he doing this?