DAVID Cameron has asked a naive question which really deserves a pretty blunt answer.
“Why”, he asks “is it that other infrastructures - for example water - is funded by private sector capital... but roads in Britain call on the public finances for funding?”
Well, Prime Minister, because we pay taxes - not once, but twice, for the privilege of driving on our roads.
And under his consultation proposals, we would end up paying a third time for the same privilege.
Mr Cameron obviously has a very short-term memory.
The utility companies were given the golden egg when his predecessor Margaret Thatcher launched her privatisatiion schemes for the country’s crown jewels.
We have seen massive increases in the cost of our electricity, gas and water supplies.
And the Government was forced to intervene shortly after privatisation to put in strict controls to stop the utility companies fleecing us.
Obviously, those lessons will have been learned, and we are already hearing about plans for an Offroads watchdog which would be set up to monitor performance of companies entrusted with the responsibility of keeping the country moving.
But the fact remains this privatisation scheme is a thinly-disguised vehicle for shifting responsibility for our roads maintenance and building programme into the private sector.
In the same vein, we should be asking ourselves why we are paying for a BBC that increasingly is losing the crown jewels of broadcasting, with the loss of yet another blue chip sporting event in the Grand National.
Next we should call into question the role of the road tax we pay.
By all means consider the alternatives, but factor into those considerations a reduction in the road tax we pay, rather than finding yet another new way of taxing the motorist.
Your compassion for tragic father
THE compassion of Star readers never ceases to amaze us.
Our report that thieves had stolen a laptop from the father of murdered schoolgirl Casey Kearney is a case in point.
The laptop contained pictures of Casey so we hope businessman Anthony Hinchliffe’s £1,000 reward offer for information leading to its recovery works because, in your hour of need, it helps to know that there are decent people out there.