Friday, June 1
There are times when you don't know whether to laugh or cry. Id always thought that attitudes were changing but then something comes along and you just feel that you've been banging your head against a brick wall forever.
Take the case of Anthony Steen, MP for Totnes. The esteemed member of parliament parked his car in a disabled parking space at the railway station as the car park was otherwise full, and was surprised to see he had a ticket when he got back. Instead of holding his hand up and admitting he was wrong, he has continued to try to wriggle out of it, making matters worse for everyone.
Said Mr Steen......."It's not a requirement that you provide so much for the handicapped and comparatively insufficient for the un-handicapped. Of course we want to help the handicapped, and of course they've got to be given provisions, but not against the interests of the majority".
Hmmmm let me see. A quick bit of research on the net tells me that there are almost 300 parking spaces and 5 disabled bays. Somehow this doesn't strike me as Over provision. So shame on you Mr Steen you should know better. DONT call me handicapped, its a term that vanished with the last century, and STOP being so patronising. Id suggest tying this man into a large wheelchair for about 10 days and then trying to get from A to B and see if he thinks the same after that. I could say more, I wont, as I think I know when enough has been said.