YP Letters: Time to put the brakes on the vicious circle on our roads

Britain only has itself to blame for congestion and selfish driving. Photo: Tony Johnson.
Britain only has itself to blame for congestion and selfish driving. Photo: Tony Johnson.
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From: Allan Ramsay, Radcliffe Moor Road, Radcliffe.

DAMNED if we do; damned if we don’t. If we burn oil we get floods: if we don’t, tourism suffers. Why did children stop walking to school?

We drive more than we need to, we drive faster than we should, and we park where we shouldn’t: in bad parking, we leave gaps too narrow for buses and HGVs to get through. Wouldn’t such a state in our bodies be classed as “hardening of the arteries”? How apt a description for roads blocked solid with huge lumps of metal’? Doesn’t gridlock amount to seizure?

In burning more oil and petrol than we need to, (or in speeding: more than we should be burning), we fill the air with CO2: presently at 400 parts per million, and thus global warming – so they say. Not to mention mountains of tyres.

With collapsed bridges, and blocked and flooded roads, we must drive around the houses or a big expanse of water. As often as not, we drive faster than we should to make up for lost time. Sometimes we crash, cause a “seizure” and the problem gets worse. Sometimes people are seriously injured or killed. Sometimes the victims are innocent children.

Isn’t this what we call a vicious circle? It’s great that everyone mucks-in when there’s a disaster, but if we’re going to save the planet and make a happy home for the next generation, everyone needs to muck-in all of the time.

If we did this 24/7, then maybe we wouldn’t need a 24/7 Health Service.

From: David Cragg-James, Stonegrave, York.

ADOLF Hitler’s Ermächtigungs- gesetz (Enabling Act) of 1933 was designed to and succeeded in facilitating Hitler’s determination to govern by personal decree, untrammeled by inconvenient democratic considerations like the will 
of the people as provided for in normal parliamentary deliberations.

Is the Statutory Instrument so very different, a device preferred by David Cameron to drive through the policies of this Government with the minimum of fuss and debate, used recently in the unsuccessful attempt to cut tax credits and more successfully in Wednesday’s decision to allow fracking beneath protected areas like National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty 
and Sites of Special Scientific Interest (The Yorkshire Post, December 17)?

The comparison is an interesting one.

Can this Government be trusted?