Thursday, July 03, 2008

The Market Strikes back

a butchers bike, get one, you may need itThe International Energy Agency says diesel and petrol consumption in the UK has dropped by one fifth compared to a year ago.

Petrol sales fall 20pc as drivers feel the pinch – the Daily Telegraph

The rising cost of petrol has led to a severe downturn in the number of people visiting out-of-town shopping centres, figures suggest. Last month, out-of-town retail destinations experienced a 5.8 per cent fall in shopper numbers compared with the same month last year - The Daily Telegraph [no link].

Shopping centres hit by high cost of petrol – the FT

Time to Regenerate our High Streets folks. See next post.


  1. ""WRONG"" It should have "telgraphed the message" The kids are on Holiday so no more wasteful school runs.

  2. If I can borrow the bike in the picture I can take the wife shopping.

  3. 'Wasteful' school runs.

    Undoubtedly, there are some parents who insist on driving their children 200 yards to school, but consider the following:

    Recent govts (and societal trends) have pushed young mothers into work;

    the notion of automatically getting your child(ren) into the nearest primary school to your home has vanished;

    mum and dad have to get to work by a set time, one child is at a primary school one-and-a-half miles west of home, another child is at a school 2 miles east of home - the notion of having a quiet stroll to school and back (including lunch at home), such I did with my children when they attended Redbridge Primary in the 70's, has virtually disappeared, and cars become an absolute necessity.

    Surely, this is a case where rigorously enforced catchment areas, at least for primary schools, should be re-introduced: over to you, Morris.