In the last few years politicians and policy-makers have put emissions and the general evilness of cars at the top of their agenda and we are all suffering as a result.

Our pockets are now less full of money than they once were; we’re told that it’s in the interests of the environment, when it just means that we give the government more of our hard-earned so they can restrict our freedom of movement even further. They are just putting a touchy-feely spin on it all.

So where is the opposition? Absent. David Cameron is on his bike, hugging icebergs and stomping his great big carbon footprint around the third world. Given the chance, the LibDems would probably confiscate all forms of private transport. Only the Association of British Drivers makes a fuss, but they’re rarely if ever given enough publicity to be heard.

And because there is so little opposition, the politicians can do what they want - and that includes local ones. Recently an authority local to me decided not to cremate the dead on the day of the funeral, but to do it in batches instead.

This sensitive and caring policy was justified on what grounds? Yes, environmental. Stoking up the fires means lots of C02, so it’s now a once-a-week bonfire. How hypocritical, when all they wanted to do was save money, or probably sack someone no longer needed to be there to light the match every day. This is what our environmentally obsessed society has sunk to.