Motoring Revolution: The Biggest Cock-up is on its way

February 6, 2018 Opinion , OPINION/NEWS , UK

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Alan Share

 

 

Thousands of Electric Cars – AA says “8 out of 10 motorists can’t buy them;” Can’t charge ’em!

 

 

It’s crazy spending over £1.2bn on cycle lanes and less than £400m on charging points. The Treasury should break the habit of a lifetime, most frequent when *Labour has been in power – looking for the quickest fix at the cheapest, short-term price, and the highest long-term cost. There should be a big announcement of a major spend. Politics is about priorities, not about mean and selfish personal expectation.

 

360 degree vision is urgently needed, not 30 degree vision focussing only on the disadvantaged. Consider the interests of other road users besides cyclists. Their rights are not equal; they are different and now much more important in a vibrant economy. Their time is valuable, and they are a good deal more numerous.

 

Human Rights lawyers please note: “Rights, like people, are equal only sometimes, unequal most times, and different always”

 

Auto-phobic cycling charity Sustrans has highjacked national and regional Transport policy – They want fewer cars, slower traffic flow and more cycle lanes! Auto-friendly planners are badly needed. 20mph speed limits are surplus to requirement.

 

Complaints about urban cycle lanes for non-existent cyclists are suppressed by the system. On UK’s narrow streets, they are dangerous, unhealthy, and wasteful. The Minister of Justice should require Local Government and Legal Ombudsmen to sign off all decisions made in their name. Encourage integrity, discourage disinformation, not the other way around as now.

 

Warning lights should flash amber and red, not green. All those defending the indefensible, like the five lawyers from Bindmans LLP and the anonymous letter writer from solicitors BLM should be hung out to dry. Likewise, if they are in the public service unions.

 

Cock-ups shouldn’t happen so often. Politicians and Lawyers, when they make laws, should always allow for human fallibility including their own. They never do. I keep saying that this is “The fly in the ointment. If you don’t see it, you can’t swat it.”

 

When cock-ups happen, mistakes should be corrected, lessons learned and gross waste of taxpayers’ money stopped. Checks and balances are badly needed in the public sector and, harnessing the Internet, public accountability. Lawyers and politicians please note. Today they don’t. On the Left they talk the talk. They never walk the walk.

 

Chronic spinelessness with NHS funding, or making it a political football, doesn’t help. It was only 80% right in 1948. Un-stretch the NHS. People as well as the State should have responsibility for their own health, and should, when possible, contribute to the cost through National Health Insurance. This is the only way to pay for it. Not equal (never can be) but fair; and it will find the money. Cyclists, amongst others, would behave more responsibly with the same self-discipline as with their motor insurance.

 

More young professionals should be able to afford a new electric car; get a mortgage, put money into a pension too. Restore State Scholarships with many more bursaries and far fewer students needing enslaving loans. Reward excellence, respect diversity, and give social mobility a chance. F-ck Equality sometimes.

 

“Where’s the UK’s Washington Post with the courage to ensure that the System serves the Public and not, as now, the other way around?”

 

*Eg. Building regulations 2006 worded to allow flammable tiles designed by Celotex on high rise flats to conserve energy and light touch inspection.

 

Also read my letter published in last week’s Journal, Newcastle for details of the above.

 

 

 

Alan Share

Alan Share

Alan Share is an Author and Social Media Activist to promote much needed Accountability, Fair Play and Excellence in the UK. His novel ‘Death of a Nightingale‘ can be purchased via CreateSpace or Amazon.

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