Blessed with the holey

Hertfordshire Highways is struggling to fill in pot-holes caused by the recent bad weather (and by poor maintenance over many years). Yet it is able to install a set of road humps in a neighbouring village despite residents being against such a 'traffic-calming' move. Now there are mutterings that Council Tax will have to raised or funds diverted from essential services to pay for pot-hole repairs. Why? Only a small fraction (10%?) of the moneys raised from road and vehicle taxes are used directly for road system. Surely it is time more of what we motorists are taxed on is spent on what we use, i.e decent roads. The same will surely happen with the proposed stupid 'broadband tax'. My guess is that very little of that levy will actually go into putting optical fibres in our streets. Plenty will be used to fill the Treasury's depleted coffers though.

Asked on 15 May 2010 by R.S., Hitchin

Answered by Honest John
The road humps are paid for by government (taxpayers) money. The roads are fixed by council (taxpayers) money, which is pre-allocated to ridiculous projects such as this. But it’s still your taxpayers’ money.
The attached photo sums the situation and is a perfect metaphor for the state of the UK: a speed cushion with a pot hole in it.
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