Friday, March 21, 2008

Cameron: law-maker, law-breaker

At the risk of getting yet another roasting from self-justifying cyclists, I shall point out a practical example of how cyclists think that the rules of the road don't apply to them. It comes via Dizzy, and is reported in the Daily Mirror (and they have a video too).
We've long known he hasn't a clue which way to take his party, but it seems David Cameron can't even point his bike in the right direction...

The Tory boss was spotted flouting the law by cycling the wrong way in a one-way street, through red lights and the wrong side of a bollard on his 30-minute trip to work.

Well, we aren't exactly surprised here at The Kitchen; this is typical behaviour of all too many cyclists.
Dave last night apologised for his blunders. He said: "It's important to obey traffic laws. I'm sorry."

What Dave actually means, of course, is that it is important that you fucking proles obey traffic laws, but very important MPs (like himself) are far, far too busy to bother.

The rules, my dears, are for the electorate; after all, what is the point of being an MP if you have actually have to obey the laws that you introduce and enforce on everyone else, eh?

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Cameron was only demonstrating that the doctrine of "Don't do as I do, do as I say" is still prevalent among those who think that those who make the law are above the law.

Tozznok said...

I've always tried to take as much care on my bike as I did when driving. Nevertheless, the blogposts made by you, Dizzy and Mike back in January did provoke me into being a bit more thoughtful on the road. I always use lights, without exception. I shall admit to doing a lot of undertaking in the past, for one thing, and never do this now. Yet even before reading the earlier vitriol, I never could have contemplated going through a red light. I wouldn't do it in a car, and I certainly wouldn't do it on a bike. Cameron should be ashamed of himself, and it would have been his fault if his recklessness had caused an accident.

Incidentally, what is the punishment for this kind of violation of the traffic laws? I hope that he gets charged with something; his example might just deter some of those idiot cyclists you've been raving against.

JuliaM said...

"Incidentally, what is the punishment for this kind of violation of the traffic laws? "

Has anyone ever even been charged...?

Jackart said...

Cyclists go through red lights... because it's safer to do so than wait.

Red lights should be advisory for them, especially to make a left turn.

If you've never cycled in town, you wouldn't know what I mean.

Anonymous said...

What is it with people on bicycles, do they not realise that any other vehicle is more solid than theirs. And yes I did cycle in town and out in my younger days. But I obeyed the law and derived an awareness of thing all around me. This stood me in good stead when I learned to drive and still helps.

Kay Tie said...

"The rules, my dears, are for the electorate; after all"

They don't appear to apply to Daily Mirror cyclists following Cameron. Look at the start of the video to see the insanely dangerous riding that the cameraman/cyclist engages in. I was particularly impressed by the swerving round an oncoming bus on the bus driver's nearside, then shooting across and up the same one-way street that Cameron went up.

Two wrongs don't make a right, but the smug self-satisfied wankers who point out a wrong are not supposed to do even worse themselves. Fucking hypocrites.

Mr. Hughes said...

Of course you are absolutely right, Mr. DK - obviously traffic regulations don't apply to really important people, specially politicians. HOWEVER - they Do apply to everyone else, and that includes bloody CYCLISTS! I am a regular cyclist and a non-driver myself, so I know what I'm talking about. I have lost count of the times I have seen cyclists do the most stupid, inane things, endangering themselves and people around them - often for the sake of saving a few seconds. I quite often point this out to them vocally, and am invariably told to "fuck off!" or some such intelligent and thoughtful response. Let's be clear - if these bloody idiots what to kill themselves, I am only too happy; less irresonsible morons on the road. But they have NO RIGHT to try and kill or injure me or other pedestrians or road-users simply to gratify their childish petulance. It's clearly a case where either you have rules, which everyone obeys in the interest of everyone, or you don't. No-one (apart obviously from senior politicians) has a personal option to disregard the law when they feel like it. The problem is rife, and is part of the general decline in respect for the law and for other people - partly induced, I think, by the ludicrous number of unnecessary laws and regulations foisted on us by NuLabour and the EUSSR which basically discredit the law in general.
My solutions would be: (1) cyclists who cycle on pavements and footpaths should be publicly flogged and their bikes crushed before their eyes. (2) Cyclists who cause accidents or injury to others by dangerous cycling should be automatically liable for all damages and costs incurred by their victims (3) Cyclists who are injured or killed whilst going through red lights, the wrong way down one-way streets, etc. should be barred from any legal compensation or redress whatsoever, and any motorists or others involved in their death or mutilation should be exempt from prosecution.
Yes - I think that would about do it!

Kay Tie said...

"(1) cyclists who cycle on pavements and footpaths should be publicly flogged"

Yes, yes, calm down.

"(2) Cyclists who cause accidents or injury to others by dangerous cycling should be automatically liable for all damages"

They are already. It's why CTC members carry insurance.

"(3) Cyclists who are injured or killed whilst going through red lights, the wrong way down one-way streets, etc. should be barred from any legal compensation"

They will be, unless the motorist was at fault too. Where there's blame, there's a claim..

Nick said...

I drive a great many miles every year and assume everyone else on the road is an idiot. I double that for cyclists and people driving Nissan Micras. The cyclists just act like they own the road and ignore all the rules and common sense. (Nissan Micra drivers just do not seem to inhabit the same space/time continuum as most people.) I have lost count of the number of times I have been scared to death by suddenly coming upon an all but invisible cyclist riding at night without lights or hi vis clothing. But I have also encountered their carelessness as a pedestrian crossing a pedestrian crossing. Nearly sent flying a number of times by cyclists who fail to stop. They do not need a licence or insurance and they do not pay any road tax. I am not suggesting they should pay any of the above (neither should motorists) but the penalties for causing accidents and injuries should be far tougher.

Mr. Hughes said...

"(3) Cyclists who are injured or killed whilst going through red lights, the wrong way down one-way streets, etc. should be barred from any legal compensation"

They will be, unless the motorist was at fault too. Where there's blame, there's a claim.."

Excuse me, Kay Tie - but what about the recent case of the woman who was sent to prison for four years because she killed a cyclist who went through a red light? Admittedly the motorist was texting at the time, which is appalling, but as far as I can make out she was also punished for killing the cyclist, who should not have been there and was clearly breaking the law and voluntarily endangering her own life. I am saying that in such a situation the death of the cyclist is their own fault and should have no bearing on the offence the motorist is tried for.

Incidentally, I was not ENTIRELY serious about the flogging, believ it or not (though statements such as that by 'Jackart' above make me wonder!). It was more of an expression of frustration at the present situation, where people flagrantly break the law in a dangerous and irresponsible way and the police do nothing. I have personally seen police officers watch someone cycling right past them, fast, on a narrow, busy pavement and do absolutely nothing - too much bother I suppose. If the police just applied the law that exists, consistently, the problem would soon disappear. It might seem a small matter, but it is things like this that affect the whole quality of life on the streets of this country. They matter more than all the hogwash about 'human rights' and 'political correctness'.