THE Hillingdon First card is yet another example of bureaucracy trying to tie us up with yet more red tape and ID.
Did anybody in the borough (apart from inside the Civic Centre) really want to have to carry yet another plastic card to be identified?
I never heard a great outcry from the public about people from neighbouring boroughs being able to use Hillingdon services.
And although some must be thinking it's a good idea so they can get some local services cheaper - if they have their card with them - and all those hordes of strangers from nearby boroughs grabbing Hillingdon services have to pay extra, surely it's only a matter of time before those boroughs will come up with similar schemes.
So the result for Hillingdon will be lots more jobs required in the Civic Centre to run the scheme, which was probably the purpose of the scheme in the first place, although I suspect checking up who lives in the borough is the other major reason.
Some car parking and sporting facilities might be cheaper until the next cost increase, but parking charges are a rip-off anyway, making us pay for space on the road or a car park that has already been paid for many times over by council tax, vehicle licences, other taxes and, of course, parking charges.
It seems quite likely to me that this could be the forerunner of services that are currently free having to be paid for, if you don't happen to live in the borough, spreading all over the country.
In other words yet another form of taxation. And of course the cost of all those plastic cards, converting or replacing machines that they can be used in, or staff to run and administer the service, will be prohibitive.
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