The Patch

February 20, 2007

Tuesday 20th February 2007.

Filed under: UK News — Claire @ 3:02 pm

Happy Tuesday, Patchers. This week, your UK Newswriter has been struggling a bit to find something in UK News worth rambling about. Therefore, today will pilot the genius idea of a UK News round up. Bountiful rambling opportunities!

Hunting.

This week, news sites have been full of news about the ever controversial hunting ban. Apparently, two years on from a law change preventing men on horses from running down foxes and various other furry creatures with the aid of a Basset Hound and a bugle, men are still riding about on horses chasing foxy fiends…the Police, apparently, are failing to arrest people who continue to hunt.

So is there actually a point in the law at all then? It was brought in to stop the frankly barbaric act of killing foxes for fun, and the hunters don’t actually appear to be taking any notice. That’s wrong, sure, but since the Police, as per always, are sitting on their arses letting the hunters get on with it, and it’s still legal to shoot foxes, hunters are now calling for the laws to be scrapped all together. Their point is pretty valid. Until the law is enforced, there’s not really a point in having one.

Prince Harry.

Yes, he’s going to Iraq, chaps. A soldier, going to Iraq. In this day and age. BLIMEY. The news sites are shocked that a possible heir to the throne and member of our Royal family is being sent to the front line. But at the end of the day he knew it would happen when he signed up for it, didn’t he? He’s not being forced, and he’s not actually ever likely to be King with his dad and his brother in line and the Queen looking to be a greedy cow and not only be the Sovereign but also the oldest woman alive.

The mere mortal soldiers have to go to war. They don’t get to choose what they get to do. Neither should Harry. He should be treated equally to his colleagues, and no doubt that’s all he wants anyway (infact he‘s actually threatened to resign should he be exempt). Let him get on with it.

Road Pricing.

Apparently, the Government wants to start charging people up to £1.34 per mile to use certain roads. Understandably, road users (and this writer and her Dad) are a bit furious about the idea, owing to the fact that they have to pay extortionate prices to pass their driving tests, let alone tax, insure and M.O.T their cars.

But no, the Government sees a cash cow. They know that in this day and age, we rely on cars to get to places because public transport is so expensive and unreliable. Under their plans, it could be cheaper to fly to Glasgow than to drive there. They say it’s to cut congestion, and that without it, the UK “could face gridlock”. I say it’s an excuse to extort money, and call on any Patcher who drives or intends to drive to sign this petition before it closes this evening.

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2 Comments »

  1. Nice, it’s like a sampler of news! Well done. In reference to the last bit, it looks like someone better get moving on creating teleportation, or human flight!

    Comment by Amie — February 20, 2007 @ 3:37 pm | Reply

  2. I won’t argue with you that the public transport system is seriously awful in this country. But the UK is facing gridlock already, major towns usually brought to a standstill during rush hours. Congestion is a major problem, (and contributes to such problems as global warming) and it will only be solved by reducing the demand for private vehicles, since the current growth in the use of such vehicles is unsustainable, especially when they use fossil fuels. We shall either have to live without our cars or die with them. Whilst road pricing is not my preferred way of reducing said demand, it is, I concede, an effective one.

    And, of course, the sooner they start taxing the fuck out of the budget airlines, the better.

    Comment by freshlysqueezedcynic — February 20, 2007 @ 11:04 pm | Reply


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