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Traveling by car is not as cheap as you would think

Antony Oliver is wrong on two counts (Comment last week). Firstly, 'the majority of the cost that I did pay went to bolster the already over-inflated oil company profits' is not true – almost 80% of his petrol costs went straight to the Treasury.

Secondly, unless he has a special arrangement with the Chancellor, it is also untrue that "of the cash that I did pay, most went towards health and education". Expenditure on Social Security exceeds the combined total of that spent on Education and Health.

However, I would also say that the editor's other message about needing more roads is definitely true, but unlike our European partners, no government of the UK will have the wit to build even a half-decent network.

Look at the present proposals to drop motorway widening in favour of more electronics or hard shoulder running, only because it can be done on the cheap? Yes, we are still a nation of shopkeepers at heart.

 DAVID MYLES (M), dwmyles@hotmail.com

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