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London wakes up to the Nightmare on Ulez -- this Net Zero bill can't be hidden...

• https://joannenova.com.au, By Jo Nova

Suddenly a lot of people in London are realizing what "Net Zero" really means

This week many Londoners are waking up to the impact of living in an Ultra Low Emission Zone as the £12.50 daily charge for unfashionable cars begins in the outer poorer suburbs.

Normally "climate change" costs are secretly buried in bills, hidden in rising costs and blamed on "old unreliable coal plants", inflation or foreign wars. Your electricity bill does not have a category for "subsidies for your neighbors solar panels". But the immense pain of NetZero can't be disguised.

For a pensioner on £186 a week it could be as much as an £87 a week penalty for driving their car — or £4,500 a year. The Daily Mail is full of stories of livid and dismayed people who served in the Navy or worked fifty years, who can't afford to look after older frail Aunts or shop in their usual stores now, or who will have to give up their cars. People are talking about the "end of Democracy". The cameras are expected to bring in £2.5 million a day in ULEZ charges to City Hall. But shops inside the zone may also lose customers, and everyone, with and without cars will have to pay more for tradespeople and deliveries to cover the cost of their new car or Ulez fee.

Protests have reached a new level of anger and hooded vigilantes in masks carry long gardening clippers, or spray cans and lazers to disable cameras that record number plates for Ulez. In one photo the whole metal camera pole has been sheared by an electric saw of some sort. There chaos.

Interactive maps have sprung up to report where the cameras are, and help people "plan their trips". The vigilante group called Blade Runners have vowed to remove or disable every ULEZ camera in London. Nearly nine out of ten cameras have been vandalized in South-east London.


Anarchapulco June 2024