This week the joke is the cretinously stupid, sanctimonious, self righteous bastards that “run” Bergen Kommune (town council). Whilst being a huge joke, these idiots are unfortunately real.
Their latest strike in "the war against the car" is to sight poor air quality in town, due to the cold weather, as a reason to ban cars with odd numbers on their license plate from entering the city on even days and vice verse.
There are a number of points here which should be made:
1. The air quality is not bad at all. I am sitting in an office looking across town and I see no brown haze, the sky is blue. I have seen plenty of places were air quality genuinly is bad e.g. the Salt Lake valley when you can’t see the city from the mountains. The air in Bergen at the moment is ok, this is a cheap pathetic excuse to impose their long term will upon the people.
2. While the rest of Europe struggles to get people back to work, for the good of their sanity and the good of the ailing economies - these spoilt, over privileged tossers are actually stopping people going to work
There is a total lack of joined up thinking here – while its easy to ban 50% of the cars from the town they ignore the fact that it's actually a through route. Also what about people like myself who arrive back at the airport on the wrong day. Do I leave my car there, take a taxi to town then another taxi back to collect the car. How is that helping things? There are an infinite number of situations in which this is just stupid and unworkable
These people probably live in the large, expensive house over the town and have the luxury of being able to walk down to the city centre. When you have that privileged life style its easy to be self righteous and look down on the people who live out of town and have to commute to work. Maybe we don’t want to spend half an hour waiting at a bus stop in -15°C for the privilege of standing for a further 25 minutes crammed in like a pig on its way to slaughter, while all around you, your fellow victims coughing and sneeze in an attempt to give you swine flu.
I am totally in favour of communal living and social responsibility, but I draw the line when it is opportunistically imposed as part of a broader ideological agenda and clearly not based on what is practical and useful for the community.