+What a laugh. The Daily Express reports on concerns that new EU rules on car safety technology, which will be applied in Britain threaten to make drivers lazy and lethargic. Fitting speed limiters to new cars will ‘reduce drivers’ adrenalin’ and make them sleepy. That’s debatable of course, but it is clear that the UK is still having to abide by common rules agreed by the dreaded ‘Brussels bureaucrats.’ Wasn’t it all supposed to change after Brexit? Another aspect of the Express story caught my eye:
"The European Commission has said the limiters could prevent as many as 140,000 serious road traffic injuries by 2038. The tools are part of their bid to reach net zero road deaths by 2050."
Net zero road deaths? Is this a new take on that brilliant concept of ‘net zero?’ Is a net zero road death one in which you get killed but somebody else has a baby?
+In the Telegraph (I get to see these rags on the Microsoft newsfeed) there’s a lot of Tory hand wringing going on about a potential tax rise to pay for health and social care, the costs of which are spiralling out of control. A tax rise would break a Tory manifesto promise not to raise taxes. But why can’t they just use the £350 million a week they were going to spend on the NHS saved from leaving the EU? That’s £18,200,000,000 a year, far more than even the NHS are asking for. What happened to it?