Magazine article The Spectator

Banned Wagon

Magazine article The Spectator

Banned Wagon

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WILLIAM Hague has been busily positioning himself this past week as the motorist's, and particularly the trucker's, friend. The Mr Toads of this world will not fear persecution by him. Or will they? The truckers baying for Mr Blair's blood last week would do well to avoid reading Believing in Britain, the Tories' mini-manifesto published earlier this month. Buried deep within the document lies a promise `to remove unsuitable vehicles from unsuitable roads'. I telephoned Central Office for enlightenment. Surely the party cannot be contemplating banning last week's `fine, upstanding citizens' from taking their 40-tonne trucks on short cuts through the nation's towns and villages? But it is. `If it is desired locally that trucks should be removed from the streets, and if there is an alternative route, we will force lorries to take it,' says a spokesman. …

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