Following last week’s invective against anybody who owns a bicycle, the Daily Mail has clearly decided cycling – or rather its abolition - will be its new cause-celebre. We'll be saddled with this subject for a while then as the paper pedals it's unique brand of... ok, I'll stop with the cycling puns.
Writing today, Robert Hardman offers up an incoherent rant against cycling in which he also criticises arguments which are “either naive or deliberately misleading”. And so the irony begins:
…er, no they didn’t.
…er, no he didn’t. Darnton said he would like to see measures such as a “legal onus placed on motorists when there are accidents; speed limits reduced to 20mph on suburban and residential roads; cycling taught to all schoolchildren; and cycling provision included in major planning applications”, but he will doubtless be aware of the need to draw a line in the sand and then begin ceding ground – such is the nature of negotiation. Fortunately the horse-trading that goes on when drafting new laws and legislation doesn’t begin and end with the Daily Mail’s point of view being universally accepted. Hence we have a multicultural society.
Almost in the same breath Hardman has raised the issues of taxpayers’ money being wasted; while apparently criticising the government for hiring somebody because his CV suggests he’s well-qualified for the position.
…exactly. So your point was what?