Comment - Local Stuff
Fair Fares for Enfeld by Bill Linton
For a government facing rising oil prices and wanting to be seen as green, encouraging the use of
public transport would seem to be a no-brainer. Unfortunately the present incumbents appear indeed to
have no brains.
We may not have 'the greenest government ever', but rail passengers turned a sickly green at the recent
announcement of yet another above-inflation rise in rail fares, averaging 8%. Or maybe it was envy of
travellers on the continent, who all enjoyed lower fares than us even before the announcement.
One result was that Barnet & Enfield Friends of the Earth (FoE) decided to pay a welcome visit to the
eastern part of their patch with a Fair Fares demo at Enfield Town station at rush hour on a Thursday
evening. Douglas and I joined them. We shifted a few hundred leaflets to a willing public, while the FoE guys collected signatures on a petition.
Enfield Town had been chosen at least partly because of its proximity to Refuge House, home of the
Enfield Gazette and Advertiser, and in due course a reporter turned up and interviewed Phil Fletcher the
demo organiser, and Douglas, while a photographer snapped away at anything that moved. A piece duly
appeared in the next week's papers with quotes from both Phil and Douglas and a picture of Alasdair
Bethley of FoE.
Once fatigue set in, a restorative visit to the Kings Head rounded off a successful couple of hours.
First published in the EGP members newsletter, October 2011
Published and promoted
by Bill Linton for Enfield Green Party, both at 39A Fox Lane, London N13