Rather than encouraging and facilitating better driving skills, the morons of Lewisham – who have humped every conceivable road, messed around with every junction and are clearly twiddling their thumbs trying to think of a new idea to keep themselves in tax-paid clover – would rather try to micromanage the brain of every driver. The idiot Mayor also said there would be no need to do this, if people were obeying the rules now, which is an admission, if ever there was one, that the 20 mph is not necessary.
It is also indicative of the circular logic that goes along the lines of 'if the speed limit's 70 mph, people will drive 80 mph, so if it's safe to drive 80 mph, we'll make the limit 70 mph, because if we made it 80 mph, people will drive 90 mph.' Now, this is the system that we work to. There is an alternative – the alternative that our Pavlovian masters shy away from – to set the speed limits appropriately, to stress the responsibility of the individual driver.
The worship of speed limits and other such arbitrary rules is a form of idolatry. Just as making a statue of God and worshipping the statue is a foolish sin, so is taking a rule, which is no more than a means to an end, and enshrining that rule as the end. The God in this case is driving safely, which is not dependent on sticking to a speed limit, but rather matching speed to the conditions. Recently a young driver killed a child whilst driving at around 30 mph within a 30 mph zone. Whether this was safe to do – and the accident indicates that it wasn't – the driver was exonerated – as she hadn't offended the stone idol speed limit.
The BMA (again) are calling for the price of alcohol to be put up to 'deal with the epidemic of binge-drinking'. In other words, more pavlovian mass psychology.
Whether or not we are facing an epidemic, the idea that 'binge drinking' is a new phenomenon is laughable. The only thing that's new is the term. We used to call it getting pissed. The English have always had a reputation as drinkers. The answer, as ever, is for people to take responsibility for themselves. Instead, our Pavlovian masters would rather take away our choice.