To misquote Ebeneezer Scrooge:
"Are there no parking meters"?
"And the pay & display car parks - are they still in operation"?
"They are", replied the council. "We are endeavouring to buy some meat and drink. At Christmastime OUR want is most keenly felt, and abundance rejoices"
"It's all HUMBUG, I tell you, HUMBUG".