Barnet council's self-proclaimed adoption of Easyjet's business model is causing some left-wing hand wringing. There's no need of course; even Labour councils have been applying this business model for years.
Paying extra for faster planning decisions, or paying less Council tax for using a smaller bin, are no different than choosing to a pay a higher charge in a council car park close to the city centre rather than using a cheaper car park further away. Or would Barnet's Labour critics argue that homogenous car park charges 'promote a more equitable society and open up opportunity more widely'? If so, they need to look to the many Labour councils that cream it in from expensive parking charges in prime locations. Barnet is just taking the principle a stage further. And why not?
And even the nationalised railways had First Class travel for sale - much loved by any Labour politician with an expense account - and I've never heard a single one of Labour's troughers ever contend that abolishing First Class would 'promote a more equitable society and open up opportunity more widely'.