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… and then the driverless car fell over a cliff.

It’s nice to see that Philip Hammond was prevented from taking a trip in one of the driverless cars he wants to be all over our roads by 2021 – not because they’re incredibly dangerous and could kill him, but because photos of such an event might be embarrassing in the run-up to the Budget speech on Wednesday.

According to the Torygraph:

“The Chancellor wants fully driverless vehicles on the UK’s roads by 2021 but he admitted yesterday he had never been in one and intended to remedy that during an official visit on Monday”:

“But aides apparently wary of photographs which could be used as metaphors for a ‘driverless’ Government just days before Wednesday’s Budget have insisted Mr Hammond will not be allowed to use one of the vehicles.”

Too late!

“A Downing Street source told the Daily Telegraph ‘he is not going to go in a driverless car’.”

Is that what Jeremy Clarkson is doing with himself these days (apart from adverts for net-based TV)?

In all honesty, one supposes Clarkson’s input would depend on his personal opinion of the Chancellor.

Tory that he is, he’d probably advise against taking the trip.

But the rest of us know that the Budget speech next week will be a car crash for the whole of the UK. The economy is already a train wreck thanks to the threat of Brexit and seven years of childish Tory policies, and Hammond will do nothing to make it worse.

Downing Street and the Treasury should have let him get in the car.

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