The Daily Telegraph has reported on a £30bn railway project for a super fast track between london and birmingham. Not a big deal, the gov is finally doing something for the people, right?
Wrong. The total population of birminghm and london is about 8 million, giving a cost of £3750 per person, even though the vast majority aren't going to use the railway. £3750 is enough to buy a car and at 10L/100km it costs roughly £25 pounds to drive to birmingham from london, yet the current slow train, neverminds the superfast one, costs £40 economy fare. Add that you can do what you want with a car, not just drive between birmingham and london, make this a very hard shafting for an already very sore bunch of people. Why would the government do this?
Well, if they bought the people a car each, they would then be better off, plus having to pay less to travel. This way the people stay poor, and end up paying more so they're doubly worse off.