Dear Editor, We’ve seen another budget from the government and another missed opportunity to create new jobs and protect the future for our children.
The launch of the scrappage scheme, where you can trade in an old car for a new one, with £2000 is a subsidy that will encourage people to switch their spending from other areas of the economy and overall will mean a loss of jobs. Instead of home improvements or new furniture, people are being encouraged to buy a car. While the economy is struggling, there will now be knock-on job losses in other areas.
If the scheme had any green credentials, the new car would have to be low emission or lower than the car being scrapped.
That isn’t the case. It’s quite possible for people to trade in a small fuel efficient model and swap it for a gas guzzler.
That doesn’t help anyone interested in building a better future. Each and every time the government makes a “green” announcement, you can almost hear the spinning taking place. More promises. More targets.
But given that the government has failed to meet the targets it set when it was first elected in 1997, why should voters believe them now?
The message is clear – if you want a real green economy, with thousands of new green jobs, you need to elect real Green politicians.
Green Party European Election Candidate for the West Midlands