ASLEF: The budget is a confidence trick
Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, has called out Rishi Sunak’s Budget as ‘a confidence trick’ performed in Parliament today to bamboozle Britain.
He said: ‘It’s a confidence trick. Because it’s not new money – or even a new announcement – it’s just a rehash of money that has already been promised, and already allocated, dressed up to make the Chancellor look good.
‘But on the eve of COP26 [the 26th United Nations conference on climate change, to be held in Glasgow from this Sunday 31 October to Friday 12 November] cuts to air passenger duty send out all the wrong signals.
‘Help for the haulage industry is bad news for our green agenda, too. We need to get passengers back on trains, not planes, and to get freight on the railway, not on our roads, if we are to meet our climate change commitments and reach our net zero targets.
‘Finally, the Chancellor has done nothing to tempt people back on to our environmentally-friendly railway network by tackling the fare rises just around the corner in January.’
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