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Media monitor: Issue 564 11 Feb 2011

Concessionary fares condemned as ‘crushing burden’ in tough fiscal times

An article criticising the Government’s concessionary bus fares scheme in The Guardian generated a lengthy and unusually coherent debate amongst the paper’s online readers about the merits (or otherwise) of allowing the elderly to travel free on buses.

Rik Thomas

On February 7 Guardian commentator Julian Glover devoted his column to a detailed analysis of the Government’s concessionary fare scheme for elderly and disabled bus users.

“If state penny-pinching threatens even a single sequin on an opera soprano’s gown, you can be sure a grandee will start screaming,” Glover began his comments, under the doom-laden headline “Our bus services are being slowly crushed by the pensioner burden”.

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11 Feb 2011

I have now read the article in question at the Guardian's web-site. I'm afraid it is just the usual - the newspapers are always correct until they are talking about something you actually know about! A few anecdotes and some sweeping generalisations to support a political point, rather than solid analysis of the actual data leading to a reasoned proposal for improvement.