Letter: Why bus rage?

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The Independent Online
Sir: It is possible that the destruction of 37 buses in Bolton was caused by neither mindless vandalism nor commercial sabotage, but rather by the calculated, if perverse, action of people incensed at being robbed of their mobility by the withdrawal of all bus services over the Christmas holidays ("Vandals wreck bus fleet", 28 December).

If motorists were forbidden to use their cars at Christmas all hell would break loose, but lesser mortals are expected to accept their lot with equanimity. Maybe this misguided and destructive action was a cry of protest from those who see their enforced immobility as yet another symptom of society's accelerating bias against the poor.


Chairman, The Bus Users' Society