In front of them sat experts from campaigning bodies, transport research and the police - all ready to get into a proper discussion - and yet the MPs demonstrated that they didn't even know the most basic of facts.
Evidence and statistics were bypassed in favour of opinions and anecdotes on sideline topics.
Such a clear demonstration of lack of research and understanding at this level of seniority would, in any other business, be classed as negligent.
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