Wednesday, 17 September 2008

All Hail Gaia....!

Motorists could face £20 spot fines if they leave their engines running while stuck in traffic.

Traffic wardens will be able to issue the penalties - after a warning - in a bid to cut down on pollution.
This isn’t actually ‘a bid to cut down on pollution’ - as any fule know (and the AA points out in the article), stopping and starting the engine produces more emissions.

This is simply a bid to remind all motorists that West Sussex Council consider them scum, to be harassed and fleeced in spite of common sense, simply because they can, because motorists are the new whipping boy for the chattering classes.

And because due to the increase in idiots signing up to the new Green religion, it’s important that they be seen to be pious and holy in the eyes of Gaia.
Cabbie Roger Turner, 30, said he was disgusted with the idea, adding: 'Who gave them the right to tell us to switch off our engines?’
Anyone who buys into the ‘it’s for the chiiillldreeennn! planet!’ argument, of course. And anyone who voted for them.

7 comments:

Mark Wadsworth said...

I think you could have just pointed out that stopping and starting the engine produces more emissions and left it at that.

JuliaM said...

I could. But it's important to point out the real agenda that drives these people. After all, if it wasn't 'global warming', it'd be something else...

John M Ward said...

Although I am not a driver (and never have been) even I know that starting an engine takes a huge amount of doing. Primitive technology, of course -- no decent system would need a "kick-start" of any kind; it would just go immediately.

There are those "out there" in the world of government (many in Brussels, let's not forget!) whose entire agenda appears to be devising ways to control people's lives, to criticise and to penalise.

It is an entirely negative approach to life, and that is the key. The voting public would do well to use that factor as an "Occam's Razor" type of tool to pare away the authoritarians and make sure they are never again handed the reins of power over us.

Nationalist said...

Now be fair, if the delay is more than 60 seconds it IS better overal to switch off the engine. But fining people after warning them is a non-starter; traffic wardens don't have the powers to demand ID they would need to make it work. (So of course you'll be guilty unless proven innocent because that's the only way to enforce NuLab's oppressive laws.)

And what I really hate is the way the authorities impose conditions far more onerous on the public than they would accept on themselves. Eg, if you have a brake light that doesn't work you can be fined £60 even if you didn't know it wasn't working. On the other hand if a traffic light bulb or a street lamp bulb is blown no one gets fined; they can leave them broken as long as they like and there's no sanction at all!

Anonymous said...

Happily, most traffic jams are on motorways, so you can counter-fine the warden for being in a place where pedestrians are not allowed.

Well we can all dream.

JuliaM said...

"There are those "out there" in the world of government (many in Brussels, let's not forget!) whose entire agenda appears to be devising ways to control people's lives, to criticise and to penalise."

Is they didn't, what would we blog about? Kittens..? ;)

John M Ward said...

JulaiM - "There are those "out there" in the world of government (many in Brussels, let's not forget!) whose entire agenda appears to be devising ways to control people's lives, to criticise and to penalise."

Is they didn't, what would we blog about? Kittens..? ;)

And what would be wrong with blogging about kittens, may I ask? Ever since LolCats started there has been plenty of material for us to use; and I have noticed a few popping up on at least one of "our" 'blogs...

Apart from that, though, there's still Gordon B and Labour, the LibDems, and the BNP — who aren't blogged about much by us, I notice, though that's not necessarily a bad thing from the point of view of avoiding giving them any publicity, even negative.

Then there's the American race for the White House, which is now a bit more interesting than it had been for a while.

Oh, and I have even posted about non-political stuff, from food to cameras, sound recording to computer games, and religion to the media.

Life is full of interesting subjects!