Thursday, June 23, 2005  

Slow, slow, quick quick, slow.

On the road to Newcastle from Carlisle there are four speed cameras, everyone slows down just before each one, only to speed off as the last of the little white notches has gathered the rubber from their back tyres. Do we really think this helps road safety ? No, it’s an inconvenience for those drivers who are familiar with the area and another way to take money off those who aren’t. I have driven this road a few times over the last year or so, I have yet to see a police car. I have, however, seen quite a few ambulances, and unfortunately more than a few bunches of flowers sat in little road side shrines. These patches of floral tributes to those who have died on the roads have a far more profound effect on my speed than a little yellow box on a pole. As with a lot of knee jerk policies of our government, they just seem to miss the point every time. They ban fox hunting but do nothing about the suffering of factory farmed animals. They plan to introduce a police state to counter terrorism, but do nothing about Mugabe or the IRA. Speed cameras are just another example of trying to solve a problem by making money out of it. You see it finally all became clear, the comment about the private sector in the letter (see previous post) lifted the veil of mystery from in front of my eyes. The government will make a tidy profit from selling the information on our ID cards. Just imagine how much a marketing company would pay for a nation’s spending habits. Supermarkets are putting microchips in everything, you need to produce your passport just to get a fucking bus ticket nowadays, the multinationals just need to fill in the blanks, what better way than biometric information on an ID card ?

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