If you are a regular reader you will know that I have been fulminating about the Â£1.4 million cost of the Mayor’s bogus consultation on his ideas around emissions related congestion charging since last autumn.
It was only today, thanks to Gary Dunion, Chief Press Officer of the Green Party funnily enough, that I finally got hold of the report, follow this link.
This expensive piece of work from Ipsos MORI takes 104 pages to try to hide the following central facts.
When asked “Do you think the proposed discount would be effective as an incentive to use a lower CO2 emitting car?” 57% said it would be â€˜not veryâ€™ or â€˜not at allâ€™ effective as an incentive as against 39% respondents who said the low CO2 discount would be â€˜veryâ€™ or â€˜a littleâ€™ effective as an incentive to use a lower CO2 emitting car. In other words most Londoners think that the Mayor is wrong.
When asked “Do you think the proposed higher charge would be an effective incentive to use a lower CO2 emitting car?” 60% said it would not be effective as against just 38% who thought it would be an effective incentive to use a lower CO2 emitting car. Ooops, the Mayor is even more wrong.
No wonder the Mayor and his Green allies have been hiding this report. The authors tried to use a truly shocking form of words in the management summary to hide the truth:
A very wide range of views was expressed during the course of the consultation, and it is apparent that opinions are divided on the issue of the proposed scheme. While over half of respondents thought that the proposals would have at least some effect as an incentive to use a lower CO2 emitting car, through use of a higher charge and discount, these are divided between those who say it will be â€œveryâ€ effective, â€œa littleâ€ effective and â€œnot veryâ€ effective. Around one in three consider the scheme will be â€œnot at allâ€ effective.
Note they have taken those who thought the scheme would be “not very” effective and made them in favour of the scheme. They also call 41% “around one in three”. Ipsos MORI should be ashamed of themselves as should TfL, the Mayor and the Green Party.
Gary, do the Green Party really want to associate themselves with this rubbish?
The consultation elicited 4,831 responses and cost Â£1.4 million. That is Â£290 per response. Good value for money or just another Â£1 million towards the Mayor’s Â£100 million self-promotion budget?