We are all criminals now.
The legacy of nuLabour is summed up in this article:
Times Online - Sunday Times
A leading statistician has warned there are now enough speed cameras to ensure the average driver can expect to face three driving bans in their motoring career, writes Jonathan Leake.
The study found that a typical driver "someone who normally obeys the rules but occasionally lapses" should now see occasional bans as almost inevitable.
In a research paper published in Mathematics Today, Rose Baker, professor of statistics at Salford University, says that with 4,500 cameras in Britain "the average driver will face a driving ban every 15 years".
Baker also says that, far from habitual speeders being singled out by the cameras, being caught is "a lottery".
According to her formula, the average driver can expect to clock up a speeding offence every two years. However, no driver will accumulate offences at exactly the average. Some will be caught for several offences in a short time, others may go for years without speeding near a camera.
This random variation means a quarter of drivers will get enough points to be banned every seven years. At the other end of the scale the randomness means about 9% will get through their motoring lives without a ban at all.
ďAll these motorists would be driving in an identical way, perhaps breaking the speed limit a bit but not often,Ē said Baker. ďThe reason for this effect is simply the growing number of speed cameras.Ē
In another article Jeremy Clarkson says: "Every single day there is a small piece in the papers that announces the introduction of a law banning something which you thought was harmless. And hereís the thing. You raise your eyebrows momentarily and then you turn the page.
Itís only when you add up the number of new laws that have come along since His Toniness grinned his way into No 10 that you realise just how much of our freedom heís tried to erode in the past seven years.
Last week Boris Johnson told us that you may not legally fix a broken window pane in your own home unless you are a qualified broken window mender and that when the work is done you must get it inspected by a broken window inspector from the local council. Furthermore, it is against the law to change or tamper with the electrical sockets in your own kitchen.
....To be honest, however, none of this interference is going to make any difference to my life. Thatís why Iím not whingeing, because I shall continue to call people while driving, and tell them stories that Cherie Blair would find offensive.
Furthermore, Iíll carry on calling two people who share body parts Siamese twins. I will eat as much cheese as I like and I will still give my dog a whole packet of prawn-cocktail-flavoured crisps whenever she rips a rat to pieces.
This evening Iím thinking of smacking the children. For fun. And then, when I go to bed tonight, after Iíve altered all the wiring in my kitchen and drunk two bottles of wine Iíll leave the outside lights on. And dream about the glimpse of G-string I saw in the office last week.
In other words, in a single day I will break 14 laws and seven social taboos that simply didnít exist before Tony came along. And I shall do so with impunity because thereís no way in hell he can possibly enforce all his Big Ideas."
In other words the law has become a lottery and lost respect. If everyday decent people have to break the law to live normal lives what chance is there for an orderly society? Combine that with a zealous zero-tolerance brigade and you get random and vicious prosecutions for acts everyone is doing.
It is breakdown of traditional British society - we all go in fear of the police and prosecution all the time.
What a state we live in!
One upside is that I predict that Hunting will continue as before, with the careful use of actions to provide a cover of legality - see:
More than 250 hunts will meet to hunt legally in protest at the hunting ban on 19 February, the day after the Act comes into force