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Media monitor: Issue 582 21 Oct 2011

Government funding for council road building criticised as ‘peak car’ phenomenon debated

On October 3 Guardian columnist George Monbiot took aim at the Government’s alleged intention to fund significant numbers of local authority road schemes via the major scheme pot. “The road schemes the Government wants to fund would have been pointless and destructive in the boom years,” he began. “In this time of crisis and contraction, they’re a refined form of madness.

“Though it generates the least employment, does the greatest damage to the environment...

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