2007 Dec 12
Pope Speaks
Out Against
Global
Warming Hysteria
The Pope has spoken out against 'Global Warming' hysteria.
Pope Benedict XVI attacked climate change doom-mongers, and demanded evidence-based solutions to global warming, not panic based upon eco-dogma.
He went on to suggest than stories of melting ice caps and unprecedented disasters were nothing more than scare-mongering.
Last spring the Vatican hosted a climate change conference. We suspect the Pope's meeting with some environmentalists taught him a lot about them.

Daily Mail — The Pope condemns the climate change prophets of doom

2007 Dec 5
6 week ban
£350 Fine
No Points
Med Hughes was given a 6 week driving ban and £350 fine for his offence of exceeding the speed limit on the A5.
 
No points were put on his licence.
In a statement he said “Drivers who know they are guilty should plead guilty rather than exploit process issues or spurious attacks on technology, and I am proud to have at least lived up to that belief.”, yet he considered it necessary to point out that “The weather was good, and the road surface dry. There was minimal traffic.” indicating that he knows full well that he wasn't actually doing anything remotely dangerous to anyone.

Daily Post — Top cop Meredydd Hughes gets ban for speeding
BBC — 90mph police chief's driving ban

2007 Oct 30
‘Oh Dear
How Sad
Never Mind’
 
It yet another example of how senior police officers blather on about how 'terrible' speeding is without really believing it themselves, Med Hughes, Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police, and Head of ACPO Traffic Policing, has been caught doing an alledged 90mph on the 60mph limited A5 single carriageway near Chirk, Wrexham, North Wales.
 
Hughes was caught early on a Bank Holiday morning, when he probably thought the Talivan would be in bed — he reckoned without Richard Brunstrom's fanaticism.

BBC — Police chief faces speeding case
Daily Post — Top traffic cop faces in N Wales speeding prosecution
The Times — Top traffic policeman faces driving ban over 90mph speeding charge

2007 Oct 7
Scotland
Rejects
Road Tolls
The government's clandestine plan to introduce nationwide road tolls have been scuppered by the Scottish National Party who have vowed not to approve such plans for Scotland.

Scotland on Sunday — SNP vows to block road tolls north of Border

2007 Sep 5
BBC
Ditches
Climate
Special
In a surprising, but refreshing, turn of events, the BBC have announced they have abandoned plans to organise a TV special on climate change called 'Planet Relief'.
The event was to have happened in 2008 but has been shelved after executives ruled that the programme was political in nature and went against the BBC's charter of political independence.
 
The BBC is in general grossly biased on the issue of climate change. Environmentalists and politicians who support MMWGT are given endless air time, whilst those who point out scientific truths are virtually ignored. News programmes frequently use images of car exhausts to accompany environmental stories without any justification in a clear subliminal attempt to brianwash the public. The issue of climate change seems to find it's way into many non-news programmes and is casually mentioned without any criticism, as if it is fact
We can at least be assured that there are some people in the BBC who do care about political bias and will not allow the corporation's power to be abused by political activists within it's own ranks.

BBC switches off climate special

2007 Aug 3
Police
Jam
Making
Madness
Continues
The M4 in Gwent was closed by police for 11 hours after a lorry crossed the central reservation resulting in the death of the driver. Queues over 10 miles long built up, and police were still allowing drivers onto the motorway even when they knew it was closed.
The cause of this madness and callous disregard for thousands of drivers is a book called the "Police Road Death Investigation Manual" which seems to actively encourage the police to close roads for as long as possible with total disregard to any consequences.
“They seem to take joy in inconveniencing the public.
If the police cannot conduct themselves in a better way than this then we should be looking for better police officers. The Welsh police force is adequately serviced so there can be no excuse.”
Brynle Williams, Conservative AM for North Wales
“I spoke to Gwent Police and they told me the delay was due to them following strict protocol. If that is the case then serious questions have to be asked about how police deal with these sort of things.
There was a police car at the junction with its lights flashing but still allowing people to join the A48 to get onto the motorway.
As soon as I got onto the A48 I got stuck and couldn?t go anywhere.”
Adrian Llewelyn Jones
Former traffic police officer

Western Mail — Police under fire after M4 chaos
Western Mail — Accident shows need for proper segregation between carriageways

2007 Jun 8
Pigs
Have
Flown

 
George
Monbiot
Has
Bought
A Car
The Times has reported the startling news that a car has been bought. What makes this otherwise insignificant event newsworthy is that the purchaser is one George Monbiot — environmentalist, Guardian columnist and arch anti-car campaigner. George has moved to rural Wales and discovered much to his surprise that they don't have buses that go past his house every 5 minutes, and taxis are few and far between, so he found he needed a car to get around.
On hearing that Monbiot's car of choice was a Renault Clio, Jeremy Clarkson said
"I just hope the bonnet doesn`t fly up because he`ll be killed — then where would the world be?"

Monbiot told The Times:
"I still feel pretty awful about it. The car is a last resort and I haven`t even used a tank of petrol yet."
(The Clio is in fact a diesel.)
Not able to resist meddling in his new habitat of Machynlleth, Monbiot has begun campaigning to have speed cameras installed.
He still believes there is no excuse for buying a 4x4 — an opinion which should make him very popular in rural Wales.

The Times — Mr Green goes motoring
ABD — Powys

2007 Jun 5
Road
Policing
Takes
A Step
Backwards
Meredyth Hughes, ACPO Traffic boss, wants to go back to the bad old days of hidden speed cameras.
He says speed camera partnerships no longer need to abide by rules, and that some forces are carrying out speed checks on roads where there have been no serious accidents, but that they simply 'believe' are dangerous (in other words where they can make most money).
And so roads policing continues to slide back down the slippery slope towards total anarchy.

The Times — Police chief calls for return of hidden speed cameras

2007 Apr 7
Road
Pricing
Systems
Already
Here
While the government continues to claim it hasn't made up it's mind about road pricing, it has been revealed that it has already spent £500 million installing a system capable of supporting such a scheme.
The Highways Agency NRTS system, currently used to connect motorway signs telling you not to drink and drive, check your fuel gauge, and other 'useful' messages, is capable of handling the data needed to operate a road pricing system.

Daily Telegraph — Government installing road-pricing technology

2007 Apr 7
Road
Pricing
Systems
Already
Here
While the government continues to claim it hasn't made up it's mind about road pricing, it has been revealed that it has already spent £500 million installing a system capable of supporting such a scheme.
The Highways Agency NRTS system, currently used to connect motorway signs telling you not to drink and drive, check your fuel gauge, and other 'useful' messages, is capable of handling the data needed to operate a road pricing system.

Daily Telegraph — Government installing road-pricing technology

2007 Mar 20
Gore
Challenged
To
Second
Great
Debate
Viscount Monkton has challenged Al Gore to debate global warming in the same venue as Darwin's theory of evolution was debated. The viscount's challenge reads:
"The Viscount Monckton of Brenchley presents his compliments to Vice-President Albert Gore and by these presents challenges the said former Vice-President to a head-to-head, internationally-televised debate upon the question "That our effect on climate is not dangerous", to be held in the Library of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History at a date of the Vice-President's choosing.
 
Forasmuch as it is His Lordship who now flings down the gauntlet to the Vice-President, it shall be the Vice-President's prerogative and right to choose his weapons by specifying the form of the Great Debate. May the Truth win! Magna est veritas, et praevalet. God Bless America! God Save the Queen!"

EWire

2007 Feb 21
1.8 M Sign
Road
Pricing
Petition
The petition against government plans to impose road pricing, set up by ABD member Peter Roberts, gained over 1.8 million signatures by its closing date.

ABD — Road User Charging
The petition page on the PM's website
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