August 15th, 2012

Clegg Car Crash Grinds Coalition to a Halt

The Coalition are forever telling us how they want to get the country moving, but today the LibDems have firmly slammed on the brakes not once, but twice. This morning they conspired to lose the votes of just about anyone who owns a car by suggesting that the 30mph speed limit on residential roads be slashed to 20mph. The  baffling suggestion was dismissed by the AA as being “totally impractical and would impact on driving times and add to costs and delays“.

If that wasn’t enough, Team Clegg then picked a fight with Justine Greening by proposing a motion to oppose Boris’ Thames Estuary airport, or any new runways at any of the London airports. The LibDems have ground the government to a standstill, now they’re doing the same to the country too…


212 Comments

  1. 1
    OH says:

    DO FUCK OFF NICK!

  2. 2
    Ash Ken the Question says:

    Can’t someone put this lot out of their misery? Like now??

  3. 3
    Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

    So now Clegg is to be criticised for supporting coalition policy since the 20mph limit was first suggested by Anne (the man) Milton, and the opposition to any runway builds or Boris Island is led by Zac (the green slime) Goldsmith.

  4. 4
    SP4BS says:

    Horrible horrible Libdems. Next thing you know they’ll be opposing Boris’s cycle lanes in the sky.

  5. 5
    tommy5d says:

    Errm… how did the “Lib Dems suggest” these things? There’s been nothing in the news, no press releases or anything similar.

  6. 6
    SP4BS says:

    20% of what?

  7. 7
    ToonBob... says:

    Who agrees with Nick now?

  8. 8
    Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

    Dear, oh dear. You really have not grasped this blog. The truth is never more than a coincidence in the eternal hunt for the (very) few supporters of Fondling Farrago to appear even marginally relevant.

  9. 9
    2 rollocks says:

    I think it is correct that a child having been hit by a car going at 20mph has more chance of survival than if hit by one doing 30mph so I wouldn’t really be against this.

  10. 10
    Nonjob says:

    This is already happening.

    Here in Lancashire, the fuckwit council have decided to busy themselves changing all 30 mph zones in residential areas to 20 mph.

    The phrase ’fiddling while Rome burns’ springs to mind.

  11. 11
    Kevin T says:

    I’ll say this for the LibDems, unlike the other 2 major parties they do represent the opinions of their voters. The problem is their voters are complete and utter fuckwits.

  12. 12
  13. 13
    Aaron D Highside says:

    Clegg will f off out of this coalition, because he’s got another one lined up. I think the devious Lib Dems have done a deal with Labour to sabotage the boundary changes in exchange for guaranteed coalition places in the next Government. With bent boundaries and weak Tory leadership, Vince the deal broker must be positively incontinent with excitement.

  14. 14
    Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

    Nonsense. The prospect of getting Boris to ride a bike at 20,000 feet is very appealing.

  15. 15
    SP4BS says:

    Pah fixed. Nice hols G II ?

  16. 16
    Aaron D Highside says:

    If the limit was 10mph it would be even safer and bankruptcy would come even sooner. Be practical!

  17. 17
    Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

    Which may be one or more intellectual grades above that of Labour and Tory voters and several orders of magnitude above the dribbling acolytes of Fondling Farrago.

  18. 18
    Hugh Janus says:

    …positively more incontinent….

  19. 19
    Gonk says:

    Is that your class number ? Or perhaps a shilling ?

  20. 20
    I type with my budgie says:

    He’d have us all running around in 2nd gear, yeah?

  21. 21
    Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

    There is an obvious safety justification in Lancashire. You try driving a car whilst wearing clogs.

  22. 22
    SP4BS says:

    Its a different matter really if some councils descide some areas could do with 20mph zones, rather than the government saying everywhere should have them.

    Someone somewhere in government would have to decide what they would class as “residential” and what they might class as “arterial routes”. But as above, this was floated by someone from the Conservative party too.

  23. 23
    Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

    You are all missing the obvious benefit of this policy. Jeremy Clarkson will be dead of apoplexy within the first week.

  24. 24
    Four-eyed English Genius says:

    But an even greater chance if hit by a car going at 5 MPH. Should that be the new limit?

  25. 25
    Really? says:

    Oh yes the old “we must think of the cheeeeldren” canard. Why stop at 20mph, why not 5mph with a man in front of the car with a large red flag. Now that’s progress.

  26. 26
    I drive in my socks says:

    …and there was you trying to get 40mpg on the urban cycle.

  27. 27
    Hugh Janus says:

    We wouldn’t injure anyone if cars were banned altogether. Not really practical though, is it?

  28. 28
    Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

    There is absolutely no need for human intervention in such a decision. Here in Surrey it is quite simple; arterial routes are those roads on which it is only possible to get above 10 mph at 3.00 am.

  29. 29
    Really? says:

    Erm Anne Milton is a Conservative?

    I suspect she is conservative in rather the same way as Dismal Dave is portrayed as “right wing” by the unquestioning MSM hackery.

  30. 30

    The British public are lions governed by sheep.

  31. 31
    Aunty Matter says:

    Why reduce it to just 20? Why not 5mph and have someone walking in front of the car with a flag?

  32. 32
    Hamish says:

    It’s Boris’s, neo Guido.

  33. 33

    Thank you for your opinion on me Kevin. Mind you I am not sure that I would vote for them again myself anytime soon, and I know others feel the same way (as bad as the rest of them I often here said – that is what happens when you offer hope and then well you know).

    I would love to get Clegg n a room and slap his face iwth a wet fish for all of the mistakes the government have made, and for destroying the faith of some Lib Dem vters. It took me 20 yeras to settle down to vote Lib Dem after the Tories forcing me as a matter of conscience to resign my membership. And now look at what they have done! I really do think that I could get more votes as an independent than as a Lib Dem candidate, and even I will admit that is a shoking think to think.

    I want Clegg & Co to inspire me, to prove to me that they are a cut above the pettiness of the British political system, but sadly they are failing me. And I want them to succeed.

    Its almost enough to urn me to labour. Farage why could you not be labour and pro EU? You are one of the best leaders we have. You inspire, you touch hearts, you are not afraid to stand up an to be counted.

  34. 34
    SP4BS says:

    I chose the words “from the Conservative party ” carefully. I guess she did actually pay membership fees etc.

  35. 35
    Nero says:

    My Hero !

  36. 36
    I type with my budgie says:

    I see your subversive comment is awaiting moderation, I drive in my socks.

  37. 37
    Patriot says:

    Clegg is Dutch. He seems to wish to make decisions which advance the interests of the Dutch aviation industry ahead of that of this country.

  38. 38
    Moussa Koussas pet Chancre says:

    Car drivers are toffs

  39. 39
    2 rollocks says:

    on some residential, town roads which are presently a 30 limit 30 mph is too fast what with the reaction time if some muppet walks in front of you.

  40. 40
    AC1 says:

    Banning children from cities might be a better answer all round for everyone.

  41. 41
    I drive in my socks says:

    Ha. I see your subversive comment is awaiting moderation, I type with my budgie.

  42. 42

    I really must type in word and not directly here. Apologies for my dyslexic writing.

  43. 43
    Nick Clogg says:

    I have years of experience at that.

  44. 44
    Really? says:

    Don’t kid yourself ffipps, Lib-Dim’s are right down among the plankton. Lets recap on all their successful policies, ideas and initiatives over the past, oh, let’s say, fifty years…………short list eh?

  45. 45
    AC1 says:

    Lemmings governed by slugs.

  46. 46
    I type with my budgie says:

    I see your same subversive comment is awaiting moderation, I drive in my socks….add infinitum…..

  47. 47
    The Dutch Aviation Industry says:

    We do

  48. 48
    Sir William Waad says:

    Fortunately we have an excellent warning system for the extremely rare occasions when the police set their satnavs for the Waads (Waad Magna, Waad Parva, Upper Waad and Waad St Frideswide). They are very reluctant anyway to turn out for a mere theft of cattle, say, because they get their cars muddy and there is nowhere to buy doughnuts.

    These days, when I go into town, I feel rather as though I’m passing through Checkpoint Charlie into East Berlin.

  49. 49
    annette curton says:

    No, they are sheeples.

  50. 50
    Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

    The backbenches are loons governed by sheep.

  51. 51
    Engineer says:

    This is beginning to look like a deliberate policy of sabotage. Who would benefit from sabotaging the current government? Not the LibDems, for sure. Probably not the general population, either. A lame duck government during a time of national economic crisis and looming EU crisis does not bode well.

    Stupid boy, Clegg.

  52. 52
    Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

    That will teach you to live just outside Manchester.

  53. 53
    Jimmy says:

    General Election Now!

  54. 54
    cunt-watch says:

    Fuck OFF, you boring cünt.

  55. 55
    Chris Huhne says:

    Well I think it’s a cracking idea!

  56. 56
    Really? says:

    Apology accepted, now take your excrutiatingly idiotic, long winded and self obsessed bilge elsewhere, or I may not be so magnanimous next time.

  57. 57
    Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

    And it would solve the unemployment problem.

  58. 58
    What's Left? says:

    It’s pretty clear to all that the Lib Dems miss being in opposition so they are continuing that role in government. No worries Nick, opposition beckons.

    For a generation.

  59. 59
    Kevin T says:

    Don’t you think you have somewhat unrealistic expectations of what a party with 37 MP’s can accomplish in a coalition with a party with over 300? I’m no fan of LibDem policies but it strikes me that Clegg has got a lot of things done his voters would want and also blocked a lot of things they wouldn’t – proportionally far more than Cameron has. But you lot can’t get past the fact that he had to accept raising tuition fees, and you’ll probably vote intro oblivion by far the most successful LibDem party in living memory.

  60. 60
    Cato says:

    Nick Clogg a finer example of pantish twattery you could not wish to ignore.
    What a class one pillock!

  61. 61
    Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

    Hmm. Nursey is using long words.

  62. 62
    Really? says:

    You’re an cretin, governed by idiocy.

  63. 63
    Kevin T says:

    Should read 57 MP’s not 37

  64. 64
    Sir William Waad says:

    We’d be able to drive safely and break the speed limit at the same time – double the satisfaction!

  65. 65
    Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

    I have a very easy test of intellectual incompetence. How many IT and HR managers can be found in each party. The greater the number, the lower the intellectual standards.

  66. 66
    Really? says:

    That’s it, government sponsored job creation schemes, just like the old Soviet Union. What could possibly go wron with that?

  67. 67
    Really? says:

    Wrong*

  68. 68
    2 rollocks says:

    not heard of this, I had previously suggested large plastic tubing a bit like a waterslide for cyclists above the roads/vehicles

  69. 69
    Hmmmm says:

    SKY news have been dwelling constantly on the news that the Duke of Edinburgh has been taken to hospital as a “precautionary” measure for the past hour or so together with a potted history of his life running down side of the screen Is there more to this story ?

  70. 70

    Political slogan update:

    The yellow party:
    Regulation, regulation, regulation

    The red party:
    Desperation, desperation, desperation

    The blue party:
    Constipation, constipation, constipation

  71. 71
    Sir William Waad says:

    ‘Governed’ is overstating it a tad, old Puss.

  72. 72
    SouthEastVoter says:

    Drive at 40 miles and the child will walk into the road behind the car :)

  73. 73
    Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

    Sorry KT. You may be broadly correct but the tuition fee sellout was inexcusable after the position he took in the election.

  74. 74
    SP4BS says:

    They’re a lot lower than that, a few inches away from the power lines for the trains perhaps. Its a plan so that everyone in london ends up with boris-hair.

  75. 75
    Well it's a thought says:

    Another vast amount of money, yet again to be paid out to the sign makers for the usual excuse “road safety”, hasn’t enough been done to try and outlaw cars , using road markings to single dual carriageways in the middle of nowhere, 50mph on roads you wouldn’t do 30mph on, country roads but signed up to keep them off the national speed limit, 20mph with speed humps, the list goes on, North Wales roads have been destroyed by above along with speed camera signs every few yards and the rot is starting to fill England with the same, wouldn’t suprise me someone is getting some nice backhanders for this.

  76. 76
    a non says:

    Fail

  77. 77
    Member of the public says:

    Calm down Jimmy let me get my tea first.

  78. 78
    Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

    I am so sorry. I assumed you were one of Fondling Farrago’s acolytes. I now realise from the smell that you are a member of the Buggers Nutters and Perverts. Oh, how I enjoyed the days of the late 70s, kicking the shit out of their predecessors just because it felt good.

  79. 79
    Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

    +1

  80. 80
    retardEd Miliband says:

    The Red Flag of thocialithm.

    Yeth! I like thith plan. I thall thubmit the propothal to the unionth.

  81. 81
    Charles De Gall says:

    proof if any were needed that the weirdy beardy sandal wearing liberal has zero clue about how the country actually works and so should frak off to toytown but I doubt they could manage that either!

  82. 82
    Dictionary says:

    I wondered that too. Did you notice how Prince Harry was standing in for HM at the Olympic closing ceremony? I don’t recall 100% which but the opening of either Coe or Rogge’s speech refered to Your Majesty, as if the speech-writer had thought she’d be there.

  83. 83
    Burn the witch says:

    Im sure in the absence of the Police, the good folk of Greater Waad can organise an an angry torch carrying mob if any miscreants need sorting out.

  84. 84
    Politics today says:

    Arseholes governed by thieves

  85. 85
    Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

    Excellent idea. The more exposure given to the shadow cabinet the less the chance of them ever getting near to power.

  86. 86
    Charles De Gall says:

    very nice chinese couple the wongs … but not as nice as mr wright …. but you already knew 2 wongs dont make a wright

  87. 87
    Carlos says:

    Get the child OUT of the road! It’s not like they pay road tax or anything.

  88. 88
    Tim Yeo says:

    I really wish you would not use the words scam, scare, fraud, lies, bullshit or anthing else derogatory, next to the word climate.

    I ask this not out of some petty self interest, but rather for the greater good, to save the world from deadly CO2. Which as science has conclusively proven, a well known killer of all life on earth and so toxic, that billions will die in a fireball, if nothing is done about it.

  89. 89
    2 rollocks says:

    bovver boots ?

  90. 90
    Unbiased observer says:

    Err.. As things are going mate it’ll be a Labour landslide – it don’t cheer me up either!

  91. 91
    Elementary English says:

    He’s right.

    Sadly, Neo makes this mistake repeatedly.

  92. 92
    Tay King-dePisse says:

    “Christians fed to lions” probably more closely approximates the relationship as a practical matter, and I say this knowing full well someone will come along and mention that there is a significant non-Christian population and that I am being culturally insensitive.

  93. 93
    Archer Karcher says:

    Or not so stupid boy, Dutchman Clegg.

  94. 94
    Anonymous says:

    The actions of the LibDems in a ConLib govt. should serve as a warning to LieBour in the event they do not get an overall majority in 2015.

  95. 95
    2 rollocks says:

    muppets governed by puppets

  96. 96
    The Public says:

    Do you have a beard, and do you wear red rambling socks?

  97. 97
    National Socialist says:

    We can all travel by TRAIN!!!

  98. 98

    Maybe in one sense, Sir William.

    But when you, or I, get done for driving at 23mph down an empty lamp-lit road at 02:30 hrs, with everyone else in bed asleep, that £200 fine and four points on the licence, causing insurance premiums to rocket, will seem a very real case of being tyrannized without good cause.

  99. 99
    Really? says:

    Mealy mouthed stuff now “some roads” “30 is too fast” if some muppet walks out in front of a car on a busy road, frankly the Darwin award theory kicks in.

    I know, let’s potentially criminalise every motorist to save the terminally stupid from their idiocy.

  100. 100
    Complaining for complainings sake watch says:

    No thats not really practical but lowering the limit to 20 mph is and eminently sensible it is as well. Are you some kind of arsehole by any chance ?

  101. 101
    National Socialist says:

    Erm a shilling is 5p.

  102. 102
    Really? says:

    Yes let’s all give the right to travel to the state, after all, the state would never abuse it’s monopoly power and trains never crash either.

  103. 103

    Agreed.

    While I do understand the reality of getting into positions you might not have expected, and all sorts of unexpected issues and considerations appearing, but an unbreakable promise is exactly that. You break it and trust evaporates.

    I just want the Lib Dems to rise above it and inspire. Perhaps Farage could give them lessons.

    With regard to expecting to much, all I expect is inspiration, showing a steady governmental hands that makes good decisions in difficult times. This isn’t visible to me. I do hope that they are doing many good unseen things, but is this mere hope?

  104. 104
    Any Totalitarian regime you care to mention says:

    Like your thinking AC1

  105. 105
    Magda MCCauley says:

    Beard ?

  106. 106
    The Facts says:

    Yet only four days ago. The BBC ran this News Story. Who is briefing the yoghurt party with the wrong factual evidence?

    Casualties on 20mph roads up by quarter in 2011

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-19226144

  107. 107
    National Socialist says:

    We car drivers will be getting in the way of the cyclists.

  108. 108
    Anonymous says:

    I noticed that too.

  109. 109
    Anoneumouse says:

    One day, a yellow scorpion was walking along a river bank, wondering how to get to the other side.

    All of a sudden the yellow scorpion saw a toad.

    He asked the toad to take him on his back across the river.
    The toad said, “No, If I do that, you’ll sting me and I will drown.”

    The scorpion assured the toad, “If I was to sting you, we would both drown.”

    The toad thought about it and finally agreed and the yellow scorpion climbed up on the toads back. The toad began to swim… but…. halfway across the river, the yellow scorpion stung the toad.

    As the poison filled his veins, the toad turned to the scorpion and said, “Why did you do that? You know that we will both drown.”

    “I couldn’t help it,” said the yellow scorpion. “It is my nature.” I am a Liberal Democrat and that’s what us Liberal Democrats do.

  110. 110
    Hmmmm says:

    Yes I noticed and also thought Harry looked a bit concerned when he entered the Royal box.

  111. 111
    V1le Labour ruined my Country says:

    Not much of a choice, useless limpdumbs, vile incompetent Labour or procrastinating Tories.

  112. 112
    Tay King-dePisse says:

    Depends on who you’re “shilling” for and how cheap you’re willing to work.

  113. 113
    Really? says:

    I have an an even easier test, how many successful ideas, etc, you know the rest.

    Still waiting for the definitive Lib-Dim success story policies from the last fifty years. You never know, there may have been one that was not utter shite. Any clues?

  114. 114
    A concerned person says:

    I am very worried about Elsie Beattie, or, more to the point, her significant other, Reg.
    In the last week she has referred to him as dead (as in comments about rigor mortis and decay setting in) and most recently him being very much alive.

    Surely someone out there knows this vulnerable couple. Should we call the police? If they live in a terrace with linked attics who knows what may be hidden up there?

  115. 115
    useless 20mph bollocks says:

    I enjoyed driving at 19mph the other day as the police were behind me going up into my parent’s residential area, where the 20mph signs are in force. Right up my arse he was, so I slammed the brakes on. He backed off a bit after that.

  116. 116
    Lord most high Kinnock says:

    We need Liebour back boyo.

  117. 117
    Fire up the Quattro says:

    Go to Leeds if you want to see an example of meddling by the City council. Not content with putting speed retarders on side roads and inside housing estates. ahey also thought it a good idea to place speed humps on main roads as well. My car doesn’t like it!!!!!

  118. 118

    He has obviously seen my shaving abilities!

  119. 119
    Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

    I cannot think of the blue party, and their Bullingdon members, without remembering (fondly) Porterhouse Blue, a masterpiece of investigative journalism.

  120. 120
    Top Tips #44 says:

    Whenever I am approached by anyone purporting to be a financial advisor I ask them how they made their first Million. When as invariably is the case, they say they haven’t yet achieved this I ask them to get back to me once they do.

  121. 121
    Really? says:

    Ffipps you dolt, put down your copy of Sarah Teather’s stand up comedy joke book and join the adults. Oh I forgot….. never mind, carry on drooling.

  122. 122
    Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

    I assume the toad is a reference to Theresa May; a very accurate allusion.

  123. 123
    B. B0wden says:

    Stewart Edwards you are Mark Pack and I claim my £5

  124. 124
    Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

    Could they have kidnapped Dame Liam Fox and be holding him in the attic. Has anyone seen this harmless, if flamboyant, failure lately? If so, please contact your local police. The rest of his party are missing his use as a distraction from their frequent cock ups.

  125. 125
    Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

    Solihull have had this for years.

  126. 126
    annette curton says:

    Elsie hasn’t got anything in her attic.

  127. 127
    Fire up the Quattro says:

    +1

  128. 128
    Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

    If you can’t take it (like most of the Buggers Nutters and Perverts) then don’t try to mix it.

  129. 129
    Handycock (Teen Fondler) says:

    Nick is just following what my Liberal Democrat Administration did in Portsmouth 4 years ago, when we introduced a city wide 20mph speed limit. This has been a great success, first, the police have refused to enforce it, second, nobody obeys it, and finally official figures have shown that the accident rate has actually increased since the 20mph speed limit was introduced. All in all a great success, that is why Nick wishes to introduce it, we LibDems know what is right. Boaz.

  130. 130
    Really? says:

    Wrong again ffipps. I am certainly not idiotic enough to belong to any political party. They tend to be filled with unthinking party loyalist types, who have not a single original thought inside their rather blinkered minds. As for your self confessed glorification of physical violence, that says rather more about your mental health than anything else.

  131. 131
    The Public says:

    The toad has less warts

  132. 132
    Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

    My approach is more practical and unambiguous since it does not rely on opinion. No doubt all parties can point to an odd success over their history. My choices for the LDs would be abortion rights and FOI.

  133. 133
    2 rollocks says:

    Put the children in the air in tubes full of germ ridden coloured balls

  134. 134
    Former plod says:

    Really , I take it you have never had to lift the body of a dead child killed by a speeding driver in a council estate, onto a mortuary slab. Unfortunately I have and even more unfortunately I was not in possession of your pearls of wisdom which I could have imparted to his Mother when I broke the news to her. Tit.

  135. 135
    Top Tips #45 says:

    A used matchbox, an ice lolly stick and 10 dead woodlice make an ideal rattle for a newly born baby.

  136. 136
    Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

    +++++

  137. 137
    Top Tips #46 says:

    Strap Weetabix to the top of your parrotts cage to give it the rustic look.

  138. 138
    Not at all concerned says:

    I’m sure Reg has always been referred to as, basically, deceased. However, appreciating that you have an obsession for the tiniest detail and that you probably have every comment posted on order-order in the last four years stored in a file marked “order-order comment”, you may be able to prove me wrong.

  139. 139
    Really? says:

    Theresa May is too stupid to be a toad. How dare you insult toads so.

  140. 140
    phil the greek says:

    did you know that two wrongs don’t make a wrighty-wright?

  141. 141
    Mrs Haversham says:

    To be honest I thought elsie was kept in the attic !

  142. 142
    Top Tips #47 says:

    Fancy being a toff? simply glue rice crispies to your car tyres then when you drive off in the morning the sound will make you think you have a gravel drive

  143. 143
    Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

    Strap weetabix to Eric Pickles cheeks and, hey presto, Rhodes Boyson comes back to life.

  144. 144
    Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

    A fair point with which I have no argument.

  145. 145
    moonboy says:

    shut it

  146. 146
    Out off office reply says:

    Mrs May is off today but will deal with this issue once she returns tomorrow (Friday)

  147. 147
    A Pointless Procrastinating Prick Posing as PM, (via-email) says:

    I say you jolly chaps! Yours truly trying to have a snooze in the sun this afternoon when some dashed member of the Lower Orders belayed me in a loud voice with ‘ I know it’s you – stop pretending you’re asleep! Try growing some castanets and tell the Lib Dems where to go you useless F*****!’

    Well, you can guess, – I was dashed well lost for words!! And on holiday too!

    Sam has disobeyed my correct instructions and is now showing signs of sun all over. I’ll say no more!

    Still no sign of Hose. He definitely said he’d meet me for coffee.

    LOL

    Dave

  148. 148
    Rachel Royce says:

    I like her. At least she has a sense of humour which, let’s face it, is in fairly short supply around here.

  149. 149
    Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

    Only way of protecting yourself in some parts of Birmingham in those days.

  150. 150
    This is too wonderful for words! says:

    He could be in the room here with me!

  151. 151
    Out of Office reply (revised) says:

    Mrs May is off every day.

  152. 152
    annette curton says:

    Her Reg has been dead for the last 18 years but the bitch is still claiming his disability benefit, she thought this was ok because somebody told her you can’t get more disabled than that.

  153. 153
    Occam's razor says:

    I don’t know why you bother with the Tristram and the ffipps bits.

  154. 154
    John says:

    I fail to see why the LibDems continue to piss about with these useless vote losing initiatives.

    If you really want to lose everybody’s votes then propose the legalisation of granny beating or peadophilia or something.

    These policies are hilarious. Do the LibDems actually talk to anyone outside the LibDem party about thier policies before they air them?

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    chris c says:

    lib dems are running scared this is a green party policy and they expect to lose ground against them. 20mph has shown to add on less than 1 min per average journey time and reducefatalities dramatically. it is sensible but not electorallay palatable. its damage limitation against a projected advance of green party as they seek to capitalise on the alternative party vote

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    Pogo says:

    @Former Plod…

    If the speeding chav took no notice of a 30 limit what makes you think he’ll take any notice of a 20? Reckon he’ll suddenly come over all “socially responsible” because of a new limit? Get Real!

    All the research done, admittredly not much as there aren’t many 20 limits, has indicated that not only are there more accidents in 20 zones than in 30s but that they are of greater severity. Much better to teacj kids that the roads are not playgrounds.

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    Elsie Beattie (83 and a quarter) says:

    Glue cornflakes to your face for a cheap holiday on your very own NHS isolation ward with en-suite, dear.

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    2 rollocks says:

    why would anybody want a gravel drive ?

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    Pogo says:

    This would be wonderful, if it were true… However, like most (all) green policies it is based upon wishful thinking rather than fact. Accidents have increased in 20mph zones, as have their severity.

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    Pogo says:

    PS, most “greens” appear to be scientifically, engineering and economically illiterate. “Heart in the right place” but heads up their arses.

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    2 rollocks says:

    [bites] so how come people managed to live long enough to breed prior to the invention of the blast furnace?
    I don’t know how old you are to when I was a child the fields and rivers were full of living things which gave me great wonderment.

  162. 162
    annette curton says:

    Is Kate now classed as royalty?.

  163. 163
    Nicked Clogs says:

    Some scrote has nicked my clogs!

  164. 164
    The Golem says:

    +1 I don’t think Clegg has any interest in the future of this country as a sovereign nation. Trouble is, Cameron’s no better when it comes down to politics. Truly, they are the Batman and Robin of EU placemen.

  165. 165
    Capt. Mainwaring says:

    That boy Clegg is an absolute wally.

  166. 166
    fitzfitz says:

    Send the little bugger back to play with AV … what a pwick .

  167. 167
    fitzfitz says:

    Navel gazing : a speed limit controversy when you need to create jobs and raise productivity over there ? Get on with it or you will have the left in government again for a generation.
    Clegg the pwick.

  168. 168
    Lou Scannon says:

    But the CO2 would put the flames out …..

  169. 169
    2 rollocks says:

    I think part of ex plods message is that it is not an intellectual exercise

  170. 170
    Jethro says:

    101 – Spot on, ol’ man: who would have thought anyone these days could mistake a simple groat-and-a-quarter for a Shilling. Down where I come from, we still reckon in Marks (3/6d), Testers (6d), Florins (2/0d), half-crowns (2/6d), Guineas (£1:1:0d) – if you’re lucky-, sell fish by the Cran, pigs by the Stone or Score – an’ the Chemists still measure out in Drams and Scruples; we’re all six foot tall when we’re alive, an’ six feet under when we’re dead. Tis lovely – like it should be. The only Meters we ‘ave are for the Lectric, the only -ometers are down the Gas-works.
    Don’t ‘alf stump the Trippers – so we c’n uzhlly tek a bob or two of of they!

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    A little mouse with clogs on there on the stairs going clip cloppity click on the stairs says:

    ….applause….

  172. 172
    Jethro Corrigendum says:

    ‘off of’

  173. 173
    Dave's barmy bum-sex army says:

    Ban children full stop – that’s the answer !

  174. 174
    Hugh Grunting says:

    Who’s been watching Futurama then ?

  175. 175
    Polly Titian says:

    I’ve run out of scruples.

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    Your Royal Highchair says:

    Hmmm he probably thought that French twat was going to nick his seat

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    Former plod says:

    Pogo your reasoning is based on a number of assumptions all of which are false. Firstly its not just chavs who are involved in accidents. In the case I was involved with the driver was a female teacher, secondly she wasnt even speeding though she was estimated to be doing about 30 mph .she wasnt even driving badly, the child ran out from behind parked vehicles.

    She was driving within the legal limit though the chances are if she had been driving slightly slower then she may have been able to stop in time and even if she didnt the chances are the child may not have been fataly injured.

    Thats the crux of the matter, no one is saying any law means that there will never be people who ignore it. But many fatal accidents that currently involve law abiding people can be minimised without that much inconvienience to the motorist.

    Children do really stupid things at times, we have to factor this in when making our roads safer in built up areas.

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    Kent Conservative says:

    Boo to Boris island.

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    2 rollocks says:

    She does appear sometimes quite cold hearted but at other times lucid and caring. My diagnosis is that she is a trans gender psychopath

  180. 180
    Bias BBC Editor says:

    http://biased-bbc.com/2012/08/15/awkward-very-awkward/

    The BBC’s take on falling unemployment.

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    LibDem Halfwits says:

    If the LibDems are listening to the idiot Handycock they ought to do a bit of research.

    http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/local/police-and-council-in-20mph-row-1-2503157

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    Hey Lordy, pick a bale of cotton. says:

    “Gasometers”? Do you not know that they are “Gas Holders”?

  185. 185
    Hey Lordy, pick a bale of cotton. says:

    Should read 57 M.P.s.
    The apostrophe is not correct in a simple plural..

  186. 186
    Hey Lordy, pick a bale of cotton. says:

    Bloody racist!

  187. 187
    Hey Lordy, pick a bale of cotton. says:

    Does that mean his head-gear is a Dutch Cap?

  188. 188
    Hey Lordy, pick a bale of cotton. says:

    Too right she’s FIT!

  189. 189
    Hey Lordy, pick a bale of cotton. says:

    By Tom Sharpe?

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    LibDem Halfwits says:

    and here:

    http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/local/has-grand-plan-to-slow-down-city-traffic-really-worked-1-1245799

    Handycock is so desperate to rehabilitate himself with his Party so that he can resume his taxpayer funded trips to Russia that he is prepared to lie to them about the failure of the 20mph speed limit in Portsmouth and they are so incompetent that they believe him. Idiots!

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    Hey Lordy, pick a bale of cotton. says:

    Not “less” – “fewer”, you ignoramus.

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    Expat Geordie says:

    I’ve always found the Dutch to be incredibly patriotic but small l liberal to boot, which makes them about as close as it is possible to be to being a patriotic socialist. Clegg has remembered the socialist bit, but forgotten the patriotic half of his genetic inheritance.

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    Expat Geordie says:

    Ah, of course. Fockers!

  194. 194
    Expat Geordie says:

    The first pedestrian ever killed by a car was hit at 4 mph.

  195. 195
    Expat Geordie says:

    Dont forget the dollar, 7/-, or a third of a guinea.

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    getmeouttahere says:

    We have this to come in Bristol, though actually, trying to drive anywhere at 20mph would probably be an improvement. The thing is, it’s all very well to say ‘on some roads’, in Bristol it will be all residential roads at all times, regardless of whether there are any children about or not. I think in Bristol the council is trying to stop people going out at all. They have wrecked any idea of traffic movement with ridiculous and un-used bus and cycle lanes, the buses are so useless that no-one in their right mind would want to use them if you have to be anywhere at a given time, they finish early and the fares are astronomically expensive. The buses are run by First, of course, whch bodes ill for the West coast trains. Businesses lose trade and the only people who can park at work for free are council staff. Coming to you all, courtesy of LibDems.

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    Expat Geordie says:

    A couple of years back I was doing 45 in a 30 limit in the presence of a police car near Bournemouth Police Station. Then again it was 6.10 on a Sunday morning and I was behind the police car (trying to keep up). I think that it must have been shift change over time.

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    Four-eyed English Genius says:

    Yes but cars were not designed with safety zones in those days

  199. 199
    Expat Geordie says:

    In that case The Monster Raving Looney Party with its policy to drop the voting age to 18 is probably more successful than the LD’s.

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    2 rollocks says:

    It’s a reasonable “save the planet” suggestion but I fear if the indigenous adopted this policy we would be overwhelmed by breeders who do not share our considerations

  201. 201
    Expat Geordie says:

    Didn’t an Australian immigration minister in the 70’s one say that “two Wongs don’t make a White”?

  202. 202
    2 rollocks says:

    not got a telly sorry

  203. 203
    Expat Geordie says:

    Should be:

    Didn’t an Australian immigration minister in the 70′s ONCE say that “two Wongs don’t make a White”?

  204. 204
    Expat Geordie says:

    No, he’s a Fokker.

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    2 rollocks says:

    when you consider what is going on in the world today bovver boys are a bit tame

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    Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

    Who else?

  207. 207
    Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

    It is a requirement in the Bullingdon that one uses the full family name.

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    VftS says:

    7/- ? You’re a youngster then. 2/6d was half a dollar when I were t’lad

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    Vroom says:

    How many of you lot supporting this reduction have NEVER, not once, on any occasion whatsoever, in your entire life-time broken the speed limit?

  210. 210
    Mayor of Toytown says:

    Oi! Do you mind? We already have enough noddys here thank you.

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    Anonymous says:

    When he was transport secretary Philip Hammond proposed something similar to the 20mph limits in urban areas, but in return for 80 mph on the motorways. I think that there was some EU harmonisation behind this.

    http://www.channel4.com/news/motorway-speed-limit-set-to-be-raised-to-80mph

    The Lib Dems are trying to (cack handidly) claim “credit” for a done deal that wasn’t decided in London any way.

  212. 212
    nigelforengland says:

    Tax fizzy drinks to combat childhood obesity, say Lib Dems

    Bring back competitive sport in schools, says anyone with an ounce of common sense


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