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This post was published more than 14 years ago

I keep old posts on the site because I often enjoy reading old content on other people's sites. It can be interesting to see how views have changed over time: for example, how my strident teenage views have, to put it mildly, mellowed.

I'm not a believer in brushing the past under the carpet. I've written some offensive rubbish on here in the past: deleting it and pretending it never happened doesn't change that. I hope that stumbling across something that's 14 years old won't offend anyone anew, because I hope that people can understand that what I thought and felt and wrote about then is probably very different to what I think and feel and wrote about now. It's a relic of an (albeit recent) bygone era.

So, given the age of this post, please bear in mind:

  • My views may well have changed in the last 14 years. I have written some very silly things over the years, many of which I find utterly cringeworthy today.
  • This post might use words or language in ways which I would now consider highly inappropriate, offensive, embarrassing, or all three.
  • Factual information might be outdated.
  • Links might be broken, and embedded material might not appear properly.

Okay. Consider yourself duly warned. Read on...

I still don’t get why people are so annoyed about what is, effectively, a crackdown on crime. Surely we should be hailing the capture of more criminals as a success – even if they are motorists.

Speed cameras may not be the best way of catching people, but if they work then what’s wrong with that? They’re not invading privacy, they’re not affecting the lives of innocent people, they’re just catching those people who will insist on breaking the law.

Just because people disagree with a law does not give them the right to ignore it. Perhaps I happen to think that murder and rape are unjustly made illegal – does this give me a right to do either of these as much as I like? I certainly hope not.

As I’ve said over and over, if people don’t like speed cameras, then stop speeding so that there are no fines to fund them. They’ll soon disappear.

This 334th post was filed under: News and Comment.

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