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Old 22nd August 2018
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The speeding / burglary thing is so true but why? Like you said, deserted motorway, safe conditions, only likely to kill yourself yet itís somehow seen as worse than a burglary which can totally mess up peopleís lives for good.
Something is completely out of balance somewhere, priorities all wrong it would seem.
The traffic police love good chase! If your car is better than they can afford personally you are in deep trouble.

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The traffic police love good chase! If your car is better than they can afford personally you are in deep trouble.

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The police used to enjoy a good chase, especially the motorcycle police. The more enlightened officers would point out how you could improve your riding style, road positioning and so forth. The worst you could usually expect was a good 'finger wagging' at the roadside in view of your friends but it all seems to be about targets and quotas now.
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I would have agreed with you about the radio but it has gone downhill recently and there is a current debate about why Radio 4 "Today" is losing listeners. It's quite simple, interviewers are deeply in love with the sound of their own voice and drown out what interviewees are trying to say. Most of the Radio 4 comedy is now dire, unfunny and infantile.

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Yes, I have noticed that. I think it is the Paxo effect where interviewers seem to think they are cross examining interviewees, often whilst trying to put their own views across.

Radio 3 is good though if you pick the right time.
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The traffic police love good chase! If your car is better than they can afford personally you are in deep trouble.

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Probably true but itís a pretty poor show whenís ones fate is determined by envy! Bring back Dixon of Dock Green! Iím convinced times were better in some ways then. Others less so.
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Just one instance of driving at 120 MPH + on a deserted motorway is far more likely to result in a jail term than burglary or violent offending.
Gulp!

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Gulp indeed!
Something is badly screwed / skewed when motoring offences get prioritised over burglary and violent crime. Reading in the news today about delays affecting ambulance arriving at patient (many hours and exactly this affected my mother who broke her leg in a fall recently). The same news described a new traffic camera which has pulled in a million pounds worth of fines in a few weeks. Yes, I realise we’re talking about an automated system compared with a system manned by people but FFS, it feels like the whole country is getting more broken by the day. Still, looking on the bright side, MPs can still get their £400 / month food allowance, so all’s well where it matters!
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Durham and Cleveland County Councils recently spent £3.2 million on four new speed camera vans equipped with infrared cameras allowing them to persecute drivers during the hours of darkness. All in the interests of road safety of course.

However, during the bad weather earlier this year there were numerous traffic accidents on the A19 trunk road because the road had not been salted. The council blamed government cuts for the lack of cash to spend on road grit (and filling potholes).

Even if the camera vans were effective they do nothing to deter people driving whilst unlicensed, or in stolen, uninsured and untaxed vehicles, which in my view are far more likely to cause accidents than a Rep pushing the speed limit on his way home late at night. Added to which, the Rep is far more likely to be contributing to society than the toerags described above.

We really do seem to have a two-tier justice system in this country. Get caught speeding in a taxed and insured vehicle and they will throw the book at you. Meanwhile, if you get caught speeding whilst banned and driving a vehicle without tax, insurance or MOT they will tell you nicely not to do it again.
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Re: Angry?

Regarding 'toe rags' and 'disruptive pupils' we used to have 'Approved Schools' and 'Borstals', didn't we ?


What happened to them ?


I remember an 'Approved School' near where I lived and our school a football match against theirs. They came from all over the country, none were local.


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Regarding 'toe rags' and 'disruptive pupils' we used to have 'Approved Schools' and 'Borstals', didn't we ?


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I remember an 'Approved School' near where I lived and our school a football match against theirs. They came from all over the country, none were local.


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I think they closed years ago, with those involved 'integrated' into mainstream education. There are still a number of Young Offenders Institutions but you only get sent to one of those if remanded or on the orders of a court.

Borstals and 'approved schools' were effectively boarding schools for naughty boys, but I think students were allowed some freedom so it would make sense for them to be located well away from home. I also suspect that in many cases 'home' was the problem.
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Re: Angry?

If you have money then you will be fined; if you have a job or a family life then you will be jailed; if you have neither then these are not punishments but an infringment of your personal welfare and will not stop you re-offending anyway. Thats how it works I think.
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