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9 hours ago, Baron99 said:

It was supposedly attributed to Thatcher, as supposedly told to Hugo Vickers but there is no actual proof.   Its one of those urban myths, much like her often misquoted, "There is no such thing as society", speech. 

 

I'm sure I saw a similar quote decades before, attributed to an American industrialist. 

According to fullfact the bus quote is apocryphal, and probably coined originally by the Duchess of Westminster (who was comparing travelling by bus unfavourably to being chauffeur-driven, not to just owning a car - again, according to fullfact).

 

"There is no such thing as society" is entirely genuine, however.  She literally said that, on the record, and literally meant it.  But it wasn't in a speech, it was in an interview published in Women's Own magazine on 31 October 1987.

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Meanwhile, 1 in 3 motorists say even the cheapest electric cars are too expensive for them to afford.

 

Analysis by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) says even middle earning households will have difficulty affording the £170 a month to lease the cheapest electric car, a Skoda Citigo. They say "access to an electric vehicle is a pipe dream for a third of the population." That equates to 10 million households.

 

So Thatcher or no Thatcher, it will be back to the bus for many of us. Let's hope the service is there and functioning.

 

 

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19 minutes ago, Anna B said:

Meanwhile, 1 in 3 motorists say even the cheapest electric cars are too expensive for them to afford.

 

Analysis by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) says even middle earning households will have difficulty affording the £170 a month to lease the cheapest electric car, a Skoda Citigo. They say "access to an electric vehicle is a pipe dream for a third of the population." That equates to 10 million households.

 

So Thatcher or no Thatcher, it will be back to the bus for many of us. Let's hope the service is there and functioning.

It's already the bus for many of us.  22% of households (that's  about 6 million of them) currently don't have a car or van, including 52% of households consisting of single retirees, and 45% of single-parent families:

 

https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/personalandhouseholdfinances/expenditure/datasets/percentageofhouseholdswithcarsbyincomegrouptenureandhouseholdcompositionuktablea47

 

As you'd expect, non-ownership is concentrated in lower income households (55% of households in the bottom quintile for gross income).

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