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Lib Dem peer calls for price controls

The 70s revival rolls on. Of all the issues vying for the attention of Lord Lester of Herne Hill, one crab has made it to the top of the barrel:

"To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ensure that motorway service station cafés and shops do not charge excessive prices for basic food and drink".

Maybe he is bit worried about the clamp down on expenses, and wants to make sure that he is getting a cornish pasty or a BLT at a bargain price when he makes a call at Watford gap or wherever.

I suppose some credit is due to Lord Adonis for this restrained reply:

"Through the Highways Agency, the Government continue to have an involvement in MSAs in relation to road safety and traffic management but has no power to control pricing structures at MSAs as they are run as commercial operations by the private sector".

A simple 'For the love of God, get a grip man' would have worked too.

One might note that LL of HH is a soi-disant 'human rights lawyer', but presumably he does not consider the right of consenting parties to engage in economic acts as a human right.

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Anonymous unseen said... 11:36 am

I thought that service stations were price-controlled in order to keep the prices high. Service stations can't be a 'destination'.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 12:42 pm

Nice grammar.  

Blogger ScotsToryB said... 5:50 pm

Grammer (my sic) nice!


Blogger Croydonian said... 5:53 pm

If link spammers will insist on abusing my hospitality, a little light pedantry at his or her expense seems a reasonable response.  

Anonymous formertory said... 7:34 am

The Dim Libs are at it in the Highlands and Islands of Kiltland, too - they want differential levels of fuel duty to reduce the retail cost of petrol and diesel to the levels "enjoyed" (if that's quite the word) elsewhere.

Stupid and wide open to abuse, of course - but good for votes.  

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