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The trouble with statistics....

Greens and sundry other ne'er do wells are not at all happy with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, as the fortunate mayor of that borough, Andrew Dalton, is going to be chauffeured around in one of these:

Nice, isn't it? It is a Bentley Continental Flying Spur. Said Greens etc do not like its tendency to produce CO2, but here is the amusing bit: "Tony Bosworth, spokesman for Friends of the Earth, said: "This car is one of the biggest contributors to climate change of any of the cars on sale."

Right. A little light googling suggests that just under 2000 Bentleys were sold in the UK in 2006. In comparison, Ford sold 444,211 cars and GM Group 328,641 in the same period. Soo, said Bentley pumps out 100,000 times more CO2, does it? And that's even before one factors in that the car is made in Crewe, rather than Wolfsburg, Saarlouis, Detroit or Tokyo....

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Anonymous Nomad said... 1:14 pm

I wonder how many other mayors treat themelves to such unadulterated expensive luxury - and whether their rate-payers are happy about it. Personally I think it is an ugly cross between some old racing car with a box nose and an E-Class - not that I would not accept one if offered, if only to sell it shortly thereafter!
Clearly the days of the gallant old Austin Princess are numbered.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 1:19 pm

Should I ever achieve municipal eminence - not that I have ambitions in that area - I will insist on a Citroen DS convertible.  

Anonymous Nomad said... 1:35 pm

Mr C; An excellent (albeit foreign!) choice. Shame they stopped making the DS; it was a fab ride and a reaal head-turner.  

Blogger Newmania said... 3:14 pm

Oh cheap cheap , per car obviously. Nice isn`t it . I do have ambitions of municiple eminence and I think I would just like the cash in a bag.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 3:49 pm

Nomad - we must credit the Gauls when they get it right.

'mania - I'm sure you'd be very eminent.  

Blogger Ed said... 6:05 pm

He should be applauded for supporting British Industry!  

Blogger Jeremy Jacobs said... 9:46 pm

Why bother highlighting what some red, oops green has to say.

Stuff 'em  

Blogger CityUnslicker said... 10:22 pm

Newmania - car schemes are all out of fashion these days anyway. You might get a bike allowance and a season ticket loan...  

Blogger flashgordonnz said... 6:48 am

And with RB of K&C inside the congestion zone, the marie can deliver his CO2 all over central London.

Thumbs up, Ken. You dick...  

Blogger hatfield girl said... 7:53 am

Very dark green would be a better colour.  

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