If there’s one thing more annoying than the over zealous greens then it’s the knee-jerk, suck on my exhaust pipe, gaze upon my carbon footprint, “oppressed motorist!”, anti green. Isn’t it funny how many folks who claim to be guided by reason can be so prejudiced at times?
Anyway, The Conservative Party released an environmental discussion document yesterday which most bloggers, in fairness, guided by experience no doubt, pounced upon before the ink was barely dry. Personally I haven’t read it so I have no opinion. Presumably there’s some good and some not so good.
However, some people should really look before they leap:
Bonkers idea #4 : removing white lines from the nation’s roads. The idea is that we would all drive more cautiously as a result, and so save fuel. It also says street lights should be turned off at night.
Whoops. Someone should have been reading Transport Blog last November. The scheme, Guido should know, is something those of a libertarian bent should applaud.
Mr Monderman, 61, compared his philosophy of motoring to an ice rink. “Skaters work out things for themselves and it works wonderfully well. I am not an anarchist, but I don’t like rules which are ineffective and street furniture tells people how to behave.”
In short, if motorists are made more wary about how they drive, they behave more carefully, he said.
In the immortal words of Brian: “You’ve all got to work it out for yourselves!”.