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Thursday, 1 August 2013

Drinks lobby, tobacco lobby and now the car lobby run rings around the Tories

After the Government’s abandonment of minimum drinks prices and restrictions on tobacco advertising following effective lobbying by cash rich industry lobbies, today we have Local Government Minister Eric Pickles responding like Pavlov’s Dog to RAC Foundation criticism of local authorities for enforcing their own democratically agreed parking regulations and services: "This profit shows why we need to review and rein in unfair town hall parking rules. Councils aren't listening, and local shops and hard-working families are suffering as a result. The law is clear that parking is not a tax or cash cow for town hall officers." In a week when his Government has introduced ET fees which will rake them in tens of millions from low paid workers, this is rank hypocrisy from Pickles: