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In Passing

24 July 2020
 

 Say what you like about Boris Johnson as a Prime Minister but his masterly command of the English language at least made reading his transport speeches and policy statements fun when he was London’s mayor. Boris, however, is not quite his ebullient self these days. Quentin Letts, The Times’ political sketchwriter, despairs that our PM has become a prisoner of health experts, who have sapped him of his usual vim. Discussing his speech on opening up the economy as Covid-19 cases ease, Letts said the main news was contained in the statement: “Today we are publishing our framework for containing and controlling future outbreaks in England, which will enable national and local government to work closely together.” “Boy, that’s dull!” wailed Letts. “‘Framework’, a word no sane person uses. And there is no more certain way to lose your audience than to mention ‘local government’. It bores the knackers off non-political punters.” We’ve just checked our back catalogue at Transportxtra and see that framework has appeared 622 times. As for local government...


 Some may think the Welsh Government is ahead of its time in bringing forward the proposal to make 20mph the default speed limit for restricted roads. The members of the 20mph taskforce certainly seem to believe so, because their final report is dated July 2022 throughout!


 Everyone knows that Prince Charles is deeply concerned about climate change. But what about his younger sister Princess Anne, patron of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport? Well, it seems her views couldn’t be more different. In a rare interview to mark her upcoming 70th birthday, she told Australian Woman’s Weekly magazine: “Climate changes all the time. It has done so throughout the globe’s history, so there’s nothing new under the sun. Somehow, we’ve got to learn that our kind of life is changing. We’ve got to remember to respect what’s out there and how to live with it.” 

 
 
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