Seeing as everyone right now is talking about Peter Hain I'm going to talk about something else instead. David Cameron and the running of red lights by cyclists - it may get a little ranty. I first read it in the Indy diary column this morning and it has now made it to the Evening Standard as a news story, but apparently, David Cameron ran a red light on his bike outside Parliament and got shouted at by a pedestrian.
What I will say is this, she shouldn't have shouted at him she should've stuck a stick through his spokes. That is what all cyclists deserve. If they think bendy buses can be dangerous they should see what pedestrian backlash can be like. Look, you might think that you're ever so environmental in a hippy tree-hugging way but compared to us bi-peds who use no machinery other than our own power you're not. Not that I walk to be a tree-hugging hippy you understand, perish the thought!
Cyclists are a law unto thembloodyselves and the way they ignore lights on pedestrian crossings shouldn't see them charged with road traffic offences it should see them beaten to within an inch of their lives. Just because you have a cycle lane it does not mean that the rules governing the crossing designed for those of us on foot do not apply to you. Luckily you wear a helmet so when you do crash after I lock your wheels up at least you will bounce comfortably. Perhaps though you should wear skateboard pads too though just in case.
Right, I feel much better now that I have got that off my chest.