A Conservative peer of the House of Lords has sparked controversy by claiming that cyclists that wear helmet cameras to record their journey are "longing" to be knocked over by motorisits. Because every GoPro sold has a picture of a smiling, mowed down cyclist on the box, right?
Lord James of Blackheath's bizarre rant occured during a debate on the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill, and was particularly ill-timed given a recent string of cyclist deaths on London roads. Lord James claimed cyclists believe that they have "superior authority over drivers", and have been spurred on by "ludicrous" media campaigns.
Speaking of his own time behind the wheel, Lord James said that cyclists "put their cycle up against the central reservation, not the line where the bus lane is, and stand in the middle of the road with a camera, and defy you to run them down while they photograph you doing it. That’s what they’re longing for" Erm...
Continuing his man-of-the-people speech, Lord James also requested that children that had mooned him while he was on the way to a rugby game in Twickenham should be dealt with under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill. Hang the children!
Of course, discussion on the serious issue of road safety in London is welcome at the moment, as more and more people are encouraged to ditch their cars in favour of greener transportation methods. But Lord James's inflammatory comments go about it all wrong, and simply come across as out of touch and cantankerous. [Huffington Post]