New ABD patron adds to outspoken comments
Godfrey Bloom MEP has made more controversial comments in the discussion thread that resulted from the remarks he made when he was unveiled as a new patron of the ABD.
Mr Bloom marked his appointment as a new patron of the Alliance of British Drivers (ABD) with an extraordinary verbal assault on, among others, his fellow politicians, journalists, senior policemen, speed cameras and speed awareness courses.
He subsequently added a post in the discussion thread (below) in which he said, tongue in cheek: "More cameras are the answer of course. Huge salary hike for the salesman, shareholders of the camera owners and manufacturers and 25% of the take to the police and council."
Mr Bloom, UKIP MEP for Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire, is an ex HGV licence holder, former British Army competition driver and retired investment banker. The ABD says that he is also “highly knowledgeable about statistics and their misuse”.
In his strongly worded opening statement, Mr Bloom said: “For many years I have become uncomfortable with the lack of basic understanding of road safety concepts. Politicians generally understand very little about anything. They have no formal training, have to re-seek office regularly, they ‘knee jerk reaction’ to problems originally often of their own making.
“Road safety problems manifest this phenomenon particularly. Activity is always cost based. So Government gets rid of the highly trained and motivated British traffic policeman, acknowledged to be the best in the world, because they were deemed too expensive.
“Not only are cameras on sticks cheaper, they actually make money. This enormous scam is a political dynamic allowed to flourish by astonishingly lazy journalism. This sort of thing is a reflection of modern society.
“However, infinitely more alarming, is that the police have now bought into the scam. Local politicians and policeman of senior rank have no training in interpreting statistics. They are therefore prey to every camera (snake oil) salesman that comes up their drive. They will glaze over if you talk of regression to the mean, or the implications of a Simpson's paradox.
“In short you can sell them anything. Resources therefore go to the wrong place. The speed awareness lectures, read from flawed scripts to bewildered middle England drivers who were 'nicked' for doing 34mph in a 30mph district, and blackmailed into handing over cash to avoid a potentially damaging license endorsement.
“These lectures should be given (with a better script) to lower sixth form children one year away from their first car. Young men still kill themselves in appalling numbers while their parents waste half the day listening to the drone of the classroom bore who means well but understands nothing.
“The ABD has given me fresh hope. Their expertise is enormous and in-depth. They, and a few others, are joining the fight back for motorists against the money grabbing establishment, fake charities, and fellow travellers. I am proud to be a patron.”
In welcoming Mr Bloom, Brian MacDowall, ABD acting chairman, said: "Godfrey is spot on with his comments; the ABD knows he is on the same wavelength as the majority of the public who are sick to death of being over regulated and over taxed out of their vehicles; the political class see drivers as a cash cow to be milked at will.
“We are delighted to have him and our other outspoken, independently minded patrons, on board; with people of Godfrey's calibre we will be better equipped to fight back against the continuing war on the motorist."
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