Yesterday (April 22) the second of three televised debates took place between the three party political leaders contesting the 2010 election: Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg.
A largely unexpected surge in Liberal Democrat support over the last week has attracted plenty of media attention – much of it brazenly hostile – and led some commentators to predict a hung parliament.
The last time we saw a parliament with no political majority was as long ago as 1974: some people reading this blog were not even born 36 years ago.
Will this happen – and what, if anything, will it mean for the haulage industry? It’s pretty hard to tell, the Freight Transport Association (FTA) claimed this week, as none of the three main political parties supposedly displayed a clear commitment to the logistics sector in their election manifestos.
While the manifestos do refer to some “vitally important areas affecting the logistics sector”, including aviation tax, a third runway at Heathrow and road pricing, none, says the FTA, display a clear commitment to improving the country’s transport infrastructure.
In a newly published ‘logistics manifesto’, the FTA has called on whichever party comes to power to make such an investment, which it claims will benefit both the economy and the environment.
Here at The Fuelcard Company, we have long believed that the haulage industry is an unheralded hero of the British economy. Britain’s lorry drivers keep UK retail and industry on the road, quite literally. If there’s one sector that deserves some firm expressions of political support, it’s haulage.
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