There’s a move afoot – well, it seems to
be a Westminster move – to ensure that we’re all good
drivers. Word has it that the shiny new
ConDem government is going to bring in compulsory testing for drivers over the
age of seventy.
That section of our community, it is
alleged, has definitely less safe drivers than those sub-septuagenarians. There well be statistics which can be used
to indicate this. Who was it who
said: “There are lies, damned lies, and
A few years ago, this column asked for the
opinions of its readers regarding where the worst driving in Wales was going on. Back then, Tregaron – up their in the wilds
of Ceredigion – was the chosen one. Did
that indicate that most drivers in that town were over seventy at that time?
I have to say that, on my infrequent trips
through Tregaron, I notice that the standard of driving has not improved since
my opinion-poll. There are a fair few
double-yellow lines in the town. And,
as every inhabitant knows from reading the Tregaron version of the Highway
Code, yellow-lines indicate parking places.
Oh – and the section near one of the banks
which is clearly marked, bilingually, as the parking place for the doctors-only,
whose surgery is nearby, is used by the “I’ll only be a minute” drivers who are
nipping across the road to buy a paper.
They do not mention that they could be delayed by long conversations
with their neighbours (nor that these conversations may be held . . . in the middle of the road!).
Come on, Tregaron – defend yourself
against these foul accusations!
Our terrific and inventive ConDem alliance
in Westminster has scheduled their “Shall We
Change The Voting System?” referendum for 5th May next year.
The Welsh Assembly Elections were
scheduled, long before the ConDems came to power, for 5th May next
Do you think the ConDems have scheduled
their referendum for that same date on purpose? And surely they could not have scheduled it
for the same date to confuse the people of Wales . . . could they?
“Be ye not deceived”.
As individuals, we are – perhaps – coming
now to realise what the ConDem’s Budget is going to mean to the ordinary people
of Wales. Many,
if not most, of those people are at the bottom of the financial scale. They are struggling now, whether employed or
So, they are realising that the Budget was
not designed to make them better off.
It was designed, as are all Tory-inspired budgets, to help the rich get
richer and to keep the “working masses” in their proper place.
Therefore, if you are bright enough to
realise that the next few years will be a tougher financial time than the
recent past has been for those who are not rich, you will be hoping to do
something about it.
A friend of mine runs a
self-help/self-reliance thing called “Help Yourself”.
Members simply encouraged each other to prepare for emergencies and to
cease thinking that Nanny State will help them in times of need.
For more info on the Help Yourself Group, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
– but remember: it will be up to you to
do things for yourself.