Something is wrong with a society when ordinary everyday citizens are more concerned with getting caught by the authorities than by criminals. I have seen grown men brought to tears by parking wardens, simply because their ticket at the meter bay expired ten minutes ago.
Things are getting worse. Yet, what I do not understand is why it has to be that way. Sure, it brings in an awful lot of money — it is all a hidden tax after all — but I think it is too high a price to pay, for the downside far outweighs the income.
For example, instead of putting money in a meter, you could just swipe your credit card and settle up at the end of the day. The argument about short-stay periods is nonsense; just have a different rate for long stays. That would mean that no person would be criminalised, stressed and angry — the NHS would see the benefit, and we’d have less road rage and a general lifting of mood.
Speed cameras are bad, and speed limits are silly. Drivers panic when they see a speed camera, and speed limits cannot be taken seriously because they do not account for traffic jams, bad weather, late night driving and so forth.
Why are we putting up with this silliness? Speed limiters exist — see the photograph. If no car could speed, this would free up the police to catch people driving dangerously or carelessly under the effects of drink or drugs.
The state pretends to be nannying us, protecting us, keeping us safe — but the truth is that we live in fear of the state — they are not there for us, they are out to get us, to take our money and ruin our lives — either by the consequences of human mistakes or by making us so paranoid and stressed out that we cannot actually live our lives freely.
Happy New Year!