Petrol Prices

I’m no longer an active biker, so the issue doesn’t directly affect me, but I was watching a news report on TV this morning about rising petrol prices and I had to laugh at the interviewee who complained that fuel was so expensive that it was cheaper for him to take the train to work. Correct me if I’m wrong, but surely that’s a good thing and exactly the situation we should be aiming for.

Nobody in their right mind is claiming that reducing car use is going to be painless but most of us agree that it’s necessary. It benefits all of us, including those who still drive because they have no choice.

Homeopathy is Nonsense

A nice little article about tomorrow’s planned protest against companies like Boots selling this snake oil despite stating that they have no evidence that it works.

Homeopathy does not work beyond placebo, it is a menace to public health and a drain on the limited resource of the NHS. It is an 18th century quack medicine consisting of magical rituals practised by deluded, cargo-cult “doctors” that has no place in government thinking, and it should not be endorsed by the registered pharmacists who are at the frontline of public health in the UK.

Hear, hear!

No Means No

What part of Ireland’s ‘no’ does the EU not understand? A nice little piece by Brendan O’Neill on the recent Irish rejection of the Lisbon treaty. I couldn’t agree more with his point of view that the Irish people were presented with the arguments, made their minds up and voted, and there the matter should rest. Disagreeing with a particular piece of EU legislation does not amount to a wholesale rejection of the EU itself, and to chide the Irish for ‘making the wrong decision’ is insulting and makes a nonsense of the democratic process.

In other words, suck it up, guys.

Go As Fast As You Like

Paperwork error means Scotland has no legal motorways. If this is true it’s absolutely fantastic news. I’m planning a trip to Scotland with some friends next year and, while we’re not planning on spending too much time on fast roads, this still could lead to some real fun. I’d love to see someone testing an outrageously quick home-build vehicle of some kind up there. Jet-powered skateboard, anyone?

Putting it Into Perspective

NewsBiscuit: Refugees from Congo Civil War ‘more angry about Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand’. Nothing I’ve seen or heard puts the current furore over Ross and Brand into perspective better than this. The prank was stupid and they should have known better but there are more important things happening in the world. Besides, the sheer quantity of coverage of this has become deeply irritating, at least to me. Can we forget this and go and solve some real problems now? It’s not as if there aren’t plenty of them.