Latest World News: “How old is your car”: the question facing the Conservatives

How old is your car? Usually a rude question in a fueled environment to attach graduated shame to aging cars. But, in Britain, this issue has gone from being a socially rude question to a deeply political one. This question was raised during the by-election in Uxbridge and South Ruislip, former Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s constituency on the outskirts of London.

Of the three by-elections held, the Conservative Party was wiped out by miles out of two. They went from a massive majority in their hearts to losing by substantial margins. But they pretty much held on to Uxbridge and South Ruislip, winning by a slim margin of 495 votes.

This is where the cars drove the results. The Conservative candidate and the Labor leadership were in agreement on this. Labor leaders, with the exception of London Mayor Sadiq Khan, whose unpopular policy of fine-tuning older, dirtier cars, everyone agrees, drove voters against the Labor candidate and gave Steve Tuckwell and the Conservative Party a victory no one expected.

These were cars reaching the middle age of around 18 years. It is widely believed that cars made in 2005 or later would meet the new emissions standards. To start, we would say that a significant number of people in the constituency of Uxbridge cannot afford to drive cars under the age of 18. And it’s not a particularly poor neighborhood, quite the contrary; it is far more prosperous than many others in Britain.

So we would say that millions of people across Britain cannot afford a car under the age of 18. This is quite different from the car demands that the Indian middle class faces. Cars of this age are simply not allowed to drive on the roads of Delhi.

In London under the emissions scheme you can still own and drive them even though it costs £12 a day. The age of a owned car is not necessarily a socially scientific standard of prosperity, but as a rough and ready guide it still says something.

A possible loophole in such rough indexation is that many Uxbridge voters own and drive newer cars but oppose the new emissions standards, which are Euro 4 for petrol cars, either on principle or in solidarity with less prosperous neighbours.


The Mayor of London’s office said extending the measure from August 29 would cut pollution by around 5%; reviewers said it would make no more than 1% difference. The emissions charge is already in place in the equivalent of the London Ring Road. The new move will take him further into the suburbs, where Londoners are increasingly moving, such as Uxbridge and South Ruislip.

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    first publication: July 23, 2023, 08:00 HST

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