|London, 19 July 2000.
For immediate release.
ABD Environment Spokesman, Bernard Abrams, comments:
"The poll, based on replies from around 2,000 people in England, is a prime example of GIGO - garbage in, garbage out. The public are fed a diet of lies and half-truths about the car and the environment each day, so it's hardly surprising they regurgitate it when asked." "The survey results show how far perception is valued over objective evidence in New Labour's world of spin and focus groups," continues Abrams. "David Begg, Chairman of the Commission for Integrated Transport, places greater weight on this kind of hearsay than the findings of the National Environment Technology Centre and the Government Buildings Research labs. Anybody taking the time to study this subject properly would find that:ABD Chairman Brian Gregory adds:
In spite of the last point, we don't see politicians expressing concern for the health risks posed by indoor pollution - because there's no tax-take in it for them."
- air quality across the country has been improving since 1990
- air quality is forecast to go on improving until 2010 at least (showing how public perception is contrary to reality)
- air in the average UK home is ten times more polluted than city smog
"This survey also revealed concern over traffic congestion, which is shared by the ABD. However, our concern arises from the fact that, in actual traffic surveys between 1998 and 1999 (for which data is available) traffic on the vast majority of major urban routes was constant or falling. Yet everyday experience, and AA surveys, show that despite no increase in traffic on these roads congestion is indeed getting worse - this is being caused by traffic mismanagement at the hands of anti-car Councils, inspired by the most unpopular man in the Labour government: John Prescott."The ABD's ten point 'Congestion Hall of Shame' details how authorities nationwide are causing, not curing, traffic problems through:
Anti-car Councillors can look forward to a similar kick in the ballots.