Saturday, July 15, 2006


Taxi for Dodgy!

My thanks to an eagle eyed spotter who noticed yet another example of misleading fibbery in Dodgy Alexander's fuel debate.

Asked by Mark Lazarowicz if Dodgy's scheme would apply to Inverness the Fibber for Argyll, Alan Reid replied: "Clearly, Inverness would not be a beneficiary. When my hon. Friend the Member for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey (Dodgy) made the proposal, he was talking about Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey rather than about Inverness."

Oh really? So why does Dodgy not mention this in his press release about the matter? It says it wants to "allow a lower level of fuel duty to be charged in remote and rural areas such as the Highlands and Islands" and in "the Highlands we face a triple whammy" and "for now, following the French and Portuguese example would be a good start in recognising the real cost and necessity of driving in the Highlands".

Old Porridge may have an old atlas but as far as I was aware Inverness was in the Highlands. How did Dodgy forget to mention that it was excluded in his grand plan to tell his voters one thing whilst proposing another?

Does his local paper know? Do the local taxi drivers?

There was great disappointment when Inverness taxi drivers
discovered what type of taxi Dodgy had bought them

The notion that Inverness wouldn't receive the subsidy when Nairn (16 miles away and hardly rural) would is just plain weird.
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