Do not be surprised that Sadiq Khan is spending £150 million developing Project Detroit, new technology that will enable the introduction of pay-per-mile road charging.
There are three reasons you should have seen this coming. First, he’s very clear about his ultimate goals. He has been so clear, he might as well have drawn you a map and put road signs up. Second, the process of changing our relationship with the private car is well underway; it is death by a thousand cuts, a foot in the door or, as the nudgers know it, ‘radical incrementalism’. Once you learn to identify this (have you read Free Your Mind yet?) you can never unsee it. Third, our entire way of life and national identity is altering, not just private car ownership, everything. You have already felt it, haven’t you? You knew this was coming.