Putting words in his mouth

Canal Boat - - Letters -

IN THE JAN­UARY is­sue of CB our Face­book quotes be­came a bit man­gled and some words by ‘Maffi’ in­cor­rectly at­trib­uted some com­ments to him when he was ac­tu­ally com­ment­ing on some­one else’s quote; this was what he ac­tu­ally said and we’re very happy to put that right.

I see, once again, ma­rina-bound my­opia has been switched on. Gary Ed­wards says in CB, Novem­ber that the so­lu­tion to the con­tin­u­ous cruiser ‘prob­lem’ is to have a higher li­cence fee. “Why not in­tro­duce a con­tin­u­ous cruiser li­cence fee? It would seem le­git­i­mate to me that those who are con­tin­u­ously cruis­ing the sys­tem would cause more main­te­nance and, there­fore, their use of the sys­tem should cost them more in li­cence fees. Per­haps the ex­tra fees would be sim­i­lar to the cost of a per­ma­nent moor­ing; this may en­cour­age more con­tin­u­ous cruis­ers to find an ap­proved moor­ing.”

Now I re­mem­ber this be­ing put for­ward in 2004/5. The pro­posal then was to in­crease the CCer li­cence to 247 per­cent of the ‘nor­mal’ li­cence. I and oth­ers fought very hard writ­ing to all and sundry to stop this pre­pos­ter­ous propo­si­tion. Now, ten years later, Gary Ed­wards drags it all up again. Does he think we have noth­ing bet­ter to do with our time than to fight this bat­tle all over again?

There is no CCer prob­lem. The prob­lem ex­ists in the mari­nas. Peo­ple who park up for most of the year in a hor­i­zon­tal block of flats. Peo­ple who don’t put any­thing into the sys­tem. Peo­ple who spend their lives pol­ish­ing a pos­ses­sion in­stead of get­ting out there and us­ing it. When the lift opened in 1875 it could trans­port up to 16 boats an hour with each pas­sage last­ing just 8 min­utes

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