There was some great reading yesterday with Jam's story of the Cagots but today is equally interesting, with Gallimaufry's take on steam-powered vehicles. William Gruff came in with an interesting comment and an idea occurred to me, spurious at first, I admit but then I saw the possibilities.
It might just work.
1. All new road projects become canals, which take far less investment to construct - not the narrow canals of the past but broad "four lane" jobs with locks for the hills.Objections
2. Existing roads can be converted over a twenty year period, thereby spreading the cost.
3. Small craft of the catamaran and junk sail [or lug sail] variety would be built cheaply, far cheaper than new cars and can ply the canals which link major waterways.
1. The fuel and construction sectors would never abide it.
Answer: They would if they had a stake in the canalization of the whole country ... plus fuel is simply losing all appeal as an investment. For those who didn't want to sail, crop fuelled putt-putts could be used as well.2. The transport and cargo sectors would be decimated.
Answer; Why? Look how much more could be moved by water.3. The whole pace of life would slow down unbearably, transport times, ordering of goods from another centre would triple in time and so on.
Answer: Yes. And what?4. People would be forced into the very new-feudalism which libertarians are now railing against.
Answer: Yes, that's so. Three acres and a cow again. So, for that very reason, the globalists might just go for it, with available fuel swung into defence.If one thinks about it, you could see how it would improve the whole mood of the nation - the noise, pollution, stress for the average person ... plus the globalists would be happy.
Also, Britain has a maritime history, the people are no strangers to inland waters. So why not?