05 July 2007
Posted in THE NEWS - BRIDPORT NEWS & VIEWS
All I can say is that the history of modern politics is littered with the imposition of sweeping and draconian laws that are aimed at curbing the influence of a tiny minority of wrongdoers but affect us all.
Our way of life and liberties are constantly being eroded by blanket legislation aimed at the lone lunatic in Dunblane, the pit bull terrier owner in Liverpool or the radicalised fundamentalist in Beeston. Because of the knee-jerk reaction of vainglorious politicians eager to impress us with their decisive and unequivocal leadership, we are all suffering. Sledgehammers to crack tiny nuts (and nutters).
I am so sad to see Bridport Town Councillor Keith Cast being lured into the same mindset by suggesting that the entire motoring population of our town needs a 20 mph limit to curb the behaviour of a tiny number of boy racers driving after nightfall. There is plenty of law to deal with the problem, if only someone would get up off their backsides and enforce it. Under section 59 of Police Reform Act 2002 for instance, police have sweeping powers to confiscate vehicles being driven dangerously or to the alarm, distress or annoyance of any member of the public.
Perhaps Councillor Cast could consider siding with the majority of us law abiding citizens rather than acting against us and politely ask our kindly bobbies in Bridport Police Station to take a short rest from form- filling and get out there and use their legal powers for the benefit of us all.