"There is an obvious solution to MG Rover's problems," writes a reader, "and I am really quite surprised nobody has yet proffered it. It is as follows. In order to ensure that MG Rover remains fully funded in perpetuity, all the government need do is introduce a Motor Vehicle Licence of say Â£116 a year, which would be payable by everybody who owns any car. If you own more than one car, the MVL would be the same, and if your car is black or white you'd get a discount.
"There are about 20 million cars in the UK so this would bring in Â£2.3 billion a year for MG Rover, a national treasure that the world envies. Thanks to the unique way MGR would be funded, it would no longer need to worry about producing anything people actually want. It would rake in billions a year whether anyone bought a single car or not, and no matter how third-rate its output, we'd all be forced to pay for it regardless.
"To ensure full compliance, the MVL would be enforced by the MVLA, which would criminally prosecute anyone caught without an MVL and would send detector vans around to spy on people to make sure they don't own any cars. It would assume that anyone who says they donât own a car at all is lying and it would harass them continually with aggressive letters and vague threats.
"At only Â£116 a year or barely 35p a day, nobody could reasonably claim they cannot afford this, and it goes without saying that everyone benefits from MG Rover's existence even if they have never used one of the company's products and never intend to.
"With an income stream on this scale, it wouldn't be long before MG Rover became a bloated bureaucracy of 60,000 penpushing lefties all sucking a living off the state teat - God bless them all."
Interestingly enough, John Towers was on the news earlier on today claiming that he and his co-directors had not made any unreasonable gains from Rover/BMW sale - their salaries and pension funds were modest in comparison to the rest of industry. He claims he was only getting 200k pa salary, as opposed to what had been reported on the news.