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Novelist promotes walking in Standard and Independent

On 8 July novelist Will Self was highly critical of Conservative proposals for a variable rate of fuel duty (with the rate falling as oil prices rise, and vice versa). "According to him [shadow Chancellor George Osborne], it's a green idea and everyone benefits; in short, it's the philosopher's stone of energy policy, turning carbon dross into the pure gold of good governance and a revitalised economy."

"What tosh!" Self went on. "Only far-reaching changes in behaviour...

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