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Welsh industrial logic

April 28, 2009

Can Russell Lawson, head of public affairs for the Federation of Small Businesses in Wales, be serious? Or has the FT got hold of the wrong end of the Severn Bridge? Lawson is quoted as complaining about the toll on the crossings, describing them as “a tax on coming into Wales”.

 The pink ‘un’s report says that because it’s only paid on the way in, this potentially deters inward travel more than outward. It’s arguable whether we’d rather pay a tax on entering Wales or a release fee to escape, but surely even the smallest Welsh business can’t believe that it makes a blind bit of difference either way?