Monday, May 30, 2005

So, another impressive forecasting failure on my part, this time in predicting a narrow success for the Yes vote in the French EU referendum. Mind you, I can't feel as bad as President Chirac about this; on TV this morning, he had the look of a startled turkey about him. And now we await developments, as both Paris and Brussels struggle with the new problem of a disobedient electorate in a major member. First signs are that President Chirac is pushing Prime Minister Raffarin in the general direction of an upturned sword.

Spain has come late to such everyday irritants as traffic wardens and police radar controls. In fact, I can only recall seeing the former in one city, Valladolid. But as for the latter, well they're cropping up everywhere now, suggesting that the government is at last taking road mortality seriously. Spanish drivers, of course, see no connection between accidents and speed. So I wasn't surprised to receive recently an email file from a friend, containing photos of speed cameras, together with advice on how to both recognise and disable them. The outraged commentary suggested that money would be better spent on making the roads safer. Which, of course, means straighter and more like a racing track. It's as if it's all a game, with one set of players - the drivers - being upset at the other set - the police - for being "ignoble" enough to change the rules without their permission. But, then, ignoring traffic restrictions is a game in Spain. And so it's depressing to learn of another Carlos Alonso victory in the Formula 1 championship yesterday. Fat good it will do him appearing on TV to endorse the message that the roads should not be treated as a race track.

I must get off this subject. I am beginning to bore even myself.

1 comment:

Theremon said...

My fellow friend Colin. I just want to tell you about the Spanish Formula 1 Spanish driver, he's called "Fernando Alonso" as my brother in law.

Second about some things I read on a Madrid Newspaper saying about the increasing richesness on "Guardia Civil de Trafico" made by new fines about speeding. And also they said speeding is notr related to an increase of deaths on the road, in fact they said there were more deaths at 80 km/h than at 120 (but you know how spanish newspapers are).

Meanwhile three children had died last week because of not using the security belt on the back of the cars. And also because I know some countries don't have speed limits on SpeedWays (Motorways) but less accidents (specially when they involve death) it makes me think about the Spanish behaviour about cars, speeding and laws at any way.

If they used all the money they used in advertising and also new cheating cars (those new crappy looking cars that have a light on the back with letters saying "you're fucked", according to the spanish traffic control supervisor, that you could find on the road when you're unlucky enough and overspeeding) for taking more fines instead of making the roads better and/or educating spanish drivers I wonder about the number of fees and deaths on the Spanish Roads. Just tell me if I'm right or not.

But unforunatly for us, the spanish drivers and peasents, they tend to make more money and spend less on security, but that's the spanish way of life.