Hope all you motorists out there enjoy filling up this morning at the higher pump price care of Mr Brown and his pals. Watched the BBC news cover this topic last night and they helpfully showed us that fuel prices were even higher in France and Germany so it could be worse, right? In the BBC world, the motorist can never be punished enough for having the temerity not to use “public transport” and attempts are made all the time to justify punitive government action against the road user. If only we would all work for the government and travel at assignated times in State provided transport…sigh….
If there is one subject where the BBC and our political elite seem aligned it is in the desire to force us all into driving small government-approved cars. I listened to this item on the Today programme this morning which seemed to revolve around just how large a tax to impose on those of us who prefer to buy new and relatively more expensive cars. This is a cardinal sin in these carbon puritanical times and so we had Conservative (in name only) Tim Yeo and Labour comrade Peter Kilfoyle debating how much to levy on those heretics who insist on buying “gas guzzlers.” There was no one to counter Yeo’s inane blether that we need to “de-carbonise” our society, nor was there anyone to point out that the car manufacturing benefits from selling “expensive” cars and that well paid jobs depend on those of us laying out our hard-earned cash to buy these vehicles and that government benefits from all the gas our gas guzzlers use up! I’m sick of this constant attack on motorists and the BBC’s enthusiasm to give monopolistic air-time to those tyrants who want to dictate to us what type of car we should drive. Aren’t you?
I was watching the main BBC1 morning news programme and up came an item about motorists who still hold their mobile phones whilst driving. Obviously this is not a good idea since it can lead to serious accidents. To discuss the topic the BBC had invited in two guest; a lady whose daughter had been tragically killed by a motorist who had been driving recklessly and a journalist from the Motoring press. The conversation followed the line that to even have a mobile phone switched on in the car was dangerous (even hands-free!, that the use of a SatNav was dangerous, and that taking your hands of the wheel whilst driving was verging on the reckless, if not criminal. There was a general consenus around these points with both BBC presenters cooing along with the awful dangers that us drivers present. Where was the voice of someone saying that our cars are private property and what we do in them is our business so long as it is not illegal? Where was the voice to challenge the intrusion of the State into how we drive our cars? You see I believe that the BBC is a primary advocate for the Nanny State and that even on relatively minor issues like this it is careful to put out the view that we need to be legislated for – since you just can’t trust the British public.