“I hate buses… the symbol of a socialist society where people rely on the state for transport”
We recently reported on the TaxPayers’ Alliance’s latest statistically-challenged assault on speed cameras. The report was co-published by the Drivers’ Alliance, the TPA’s astroturf partners with whom it shares staff and office space.
So the next time you see the Drivers’ Alliance given a serious airing in the media, be sure to reflect on the entirely reasonable and balanced views of its founder, Peter Roberts, expressed in his latest blog post:
I hate buses
I hate buses, I really do hate them.
I hate them because they are so uncomfortable, I hate them because they rattle, stink and are sweat dripping hot torture chambers in the hot weather. I hate them because the driver cannot turn the heating off even when the outside temperature is 28deg and inside is 38deg plus. I hate them because they are so slow and trundle all over the place before letting you off. I really hate them because they are loved by the environmental zealots who think it is OK to cook passengers in tin with the heating on in the middle of summer and I hate them because they are an environmental catastrophe.
Buses are the biggest gas guzzlers on the roads. They burn diesel at the rate of a gallon every 3 to 4 miles and chuck out 1.8kg of C02 for every km travelled. A decent family car emits about 155g which is more than 10 times less.
Oh, but the public transport advocates will tell you a bus carries more passengers so they are good for both you and the environment, but the average number of people on a bus is just 9 and the car carries an average of 1.6. This means a bus passenger emits 200g of CO2 per km whilst a car occupant 97g.
I hate buses because the industry behind them is spinning the argument in favour of public transport over the car and using lies, damn lies and statistics to stake their claims. I hate public transport because the companies fund anti-car pressure groups to try and make cars the environmental pariah whilst claiming the bus/train is the solution to all our problems. I hate the bus because their backers conspire to remove parking spaces, increase parking charges, introduce speed cameras and reduce speed limits.
I hate buses because they hold up lines of traffic whilst stopping every few hundred yards at a stop and I hate them because I have to suffer their stink when behind them or when they pass by.
And finally I hate buses because they are the symbol of a socialist society where people rely on the state to provide transport.
I believe we should encourage aspiration and ambition and to make our own way in life. Owning a car offers freedoms and opportunities bus passengers can only dream of and the car is the most efficient form of transport there is.
So much anger can’t be good for you. But is it really buses he hates, or just the people who use them?