Veiled threat was nothing short of monstrous
A friend of mine, a 72-year-old lady of impeccable character, was driving along Pinchbeck Road in Spalding when she was stopped by the police.
She wondered what on earth was wrong. Did she have a defective light, perhaps? No – “you were speeding,” she was told. “You were doing 31 miles-an-hour in a 30mph limit.”
Close to tears, my friend apologised profusely. “Don’t worry, madam,” said one of the PCs. “We aren’t going to take this further. But had you been doing 32mph we would have booked you.”
To anyone wondering where the police were while Spalding town centre was giving a good impression of Dodge City, now you know. Nobody condones speeding, of course, but this veiled threat by an officer of the law to a poor elderly lady is nothing short of monstrous.
I can’t help but think he and his colleague would have been better employed following up some of the near-50 per cent of cases the police drop within 24 hours on the grounds they are probably unsolvable. But then, the speed camera never lies, does it? My friend was clearly a felon. My god, I’m glad I’m not young any more.
We need the informed consent of the people
John Hayes' Column ‘Respect the majority view’ raises important questions, but I wonder if John has understood what is being asked. I cannot believe he’s being naïve nor making a complicit statement intended to mislead?
One thing I’ve learned in 40 years as a Conservative about democracy s that it’s not a constant. But rather a moving, evolving feast.
You vote to jump off of a cliff and are told that there will be a safety net and everything will be fine.
However as the day draws close when we are all to be taken over the edge, it transpires that there is no net, but a high possibility that you’ll plunge to your death.
Do you still jump? Or say, hold, pause let’s rethink this. What we really need is the informed consent of the people on the known final deal.
To quote fellow Conservative and MP Dr Phillip Lee: "In my medical experience, if a course of treatment is not working, then I review it. I also have a duty to get my patient’s informed consent for that action."
This could not be any clearer. If a requirement for informed consent from a patient is needed, there should be ‘informed’ consent from the electorate on any final deal, with a status quo option.
I attended the Conservative Conference fringe meeting of Conservatives for a Peoples Vote in Birmingham recently.
The room and corridors were packed, MPs were left outside. Press coverage was significant. The message coming from inside our Conservative Party was strong.
Brexit is the most critical thing we have all faced as a country since World War II, its ramifications will affect the UK for decades to come and it demands ‘Informed Consent’.
We can still salvage this and pull the country back together, heal the rifts in families and communities, by obtaining ‘informed consent’.
It’s not about overthrowing democracy, it’s about enacting democracy as we as citizens have the right to do and should do.
Doing so with the full facts of the final deal and then giving, or not, our ‘Informed Consent’ by way of a ‘Peoples Vote’.
Dr Nick George