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Cameron Stumbles Over Kerb Crawlers

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Oh dear!  Here comes the first knee-kerk reaction.  Next thing we’ll be hanging and flogging them.   The law against kerb crawling is of very dubious value or common sense anyway.  It’s the oldest profession.  Men want to pay women for sex and women want to sell sex.  It’s been going on since time began and silly, pointless little laws aren’t going to change it.

Can I Put You Down As A Researcher?

Fair enough, stop drivers kerb crawling in residential streets and harrassing your daughters but if you don’t pair such laws with legalised brothels or designated red light districts you are just making the problem worse.

I understand David Cameron’s desire to want to do something to declare his horror at the Bradford murders but I thought we were supposed to be past this sort of politicking now?  I thought legislation was now going to based on a rational, properly researched approach to problems.

What we need to do is make it safer for women who want to work as prostitutes and call a halt to the pressures that force women into prostitution.   That means some sort of regulated sex industry and the legalisation and regulation of drugs.

It’s not rocket science.  It’s common sense.  It means you may have to face down the self-righteous, moral crusaders so it takes a modicum of courage but I thought that’s where we are now.   This is the first crack in the veneer.  Let’s hope it’s quickly mended.

The Obnoxious People Of Bovingdon

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My parents live in a small Hertfordshire village not far from Watford. It’s commuter land, only 45 minutes by train to central London but on the edge of the delightful Chilterns countryside. It’s not quite as gorgeous as Dorset but the dogs and I enjoy the change of scenery when we visit about once every month.

The nearest place to find anything more than a village shop is the small town of Bovingdon. Every time I visit there I am dismayed, horrified even at the boorish, selfish and obnoxious behaviour of the local drivers.

There’s nowhere to park in Bovingdon but that doesn’t stop them. They park half on, half off the pavement in the most dangerous and inconsiderate places, often right opposite each other. The town is full of ostentatious, gaudy four-wheel drive Toyotas, Mitsubishis or, God preserve us from even more oriental invaders, Kias. Does no one buy British any more? These tasteless and clumsy status symbols are thrown about with abandon, aggression and a complete absence of any manners. My 17 year old nephew was literally forced off the road last week by yet another woman who simply cannot judge the width of her vehicle and so drives in the middle of narrow country lanes.

Of course, I am sure that there are many very nice and responsible people in Bovingdon but you can drive through the High Street at anytime of day to see recurrent displays of the most selfish, inconsiderate and dangerous behaviour.

There is one other observation though that, for me, condemns these unpleasant people out of hand. As I walk the dogs around the local countryside I am disgusted at the fly tipping and the disgraceful amount and variety of rubbish in the hedgerows. It’s difficult to understand why this wealthy and privileged part of the country is full of so many nasty, selfish and dirty people.

Written by Peter Reynolds

April 29, 2010 at 2:08 pm