In the last few days, two events coincided. They are diametrically opposed but connected by default.

In reverse order, it went this way. The Associate Minister of Transport, she of the maternity cycling club, announced the Government's intention to manipulate the market for motor vehicles. Julie Anne Genter revealed that electric vehicles and some other low output greenhouse gas vehicles will have their prices subsidised by up to $8000. Alternately, those units that produce a higher amount of CO2 will be taxed up to an extra $3000. That figure is, of course, an introductory offer and will necessarily be