Cars should be banished from town centres, a Liberal Democrat minister has claimed.
Transport Minister Norman Baker said drivers should be hit with big increases in parking charges so they are ‘disincentivised’ from parking near high street shops.This is the Lib Dem solution to the long decline in town centre shopping, is it? Err, isn't the precise reason out-of-town shopping centres are so attractive that there is free parking and easy access?
So, while every other trade or consumer body advocates attracting high street customers with affordable or even free parking, this guy thinks the answer is to restrict choice and make it more difficult to get there. Instead, you should ride in and hang your bags on the bike handlebars, or carry your new TV home on the bus.
Where do the Lib Dems find such dogma-deluded buffoons?