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Yes Welcome to the London Tea Party and don't be surprised if a couple of diplomat's vehicles end in the Thames.

Except this time you're using our facilities without paying and we're the ones who are getting mightily angry.

London (under populist leftist mayor Ken Livingstone) has introduced a very successful Road Pricing scheme which has reduced pollution and made London a much more pleasant place to be,

But the US Government isn't playing- or paying. Already the American Emabassy owes nearly a Million quid- that's two million dollars even though the US  is studying the way the charge works in London and proposing to introduce it back in the  States.

Of coruse there's an easy way for the US embassy to avoid paying-completley legally. Dump the gas-guzzlers and switch to electric vehicles.  They can use the City roads toll free.

The Link is here

http://www.london.gov.uk/...

Originally posted to curiousinlondon on Tue Nov 28, 2006 at 02:44 PM PST.

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  •  It's a usage fee, not a tax (0+ / 0-)

    The first rule of free-markets is that you pay for what you use. The fact that the USA gov't is incapable of following this simple rule shows how little they value free-markets. The real name of the game is just to provide privileges to those who control the gov't.

    [-1,-6.4]: Everyone deserves a Citizen's Dividend.

    by AdamR on Tue Nov 28, 2006 at 02:57:46 PM PST

  •  That's Ken Livingstone's Argument- (1+ / 0-)
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    besieged by bush

    British Diplomats pay road tolls in Washington.

    But it's the beginning of a slippery slope. Maybe if you pay the charge then you have to admit there's something called Global Warming.

    One day you might  even have to ratify Kyoto.

    •  Hmmm ... like (0+ / 0-)

      all the ticket scofflaws in DC and NY.  US is evidently a debtor nation that will let its employees do whatever they want without recriminations.

      A. Respect the law of the host nation -- unless it truly violates Vienna Convention ...

      B.  Oops, this is like a toll road -- which is not protected -- a usage fee.  

      Pay the f---ing fees ...

  •  Sad thought ... (0+ / 0-)

    When the US agrees to pay the fees, daily pay in London will go up to pay US employees so that they don't have to pay the fees out-of-pocket. USG employees will have zero incentive to avoid the tax or drive electric vehicles.

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