in work, i sometimes end up speaking to a "customer" who pushes a certain button which leads me down a path which will become an argument and maybe a formal complaint! The news item about Communities Secretary, Eric Pickles MP, has been teasing this button all week and finally the red mist rolled in.
|Here we go again, Eric. Image from The Times.|
Essentially, he has suggested that drivers should be allowed to park for 15 minutes on double yellow lines as this will revitalise the beleaguered high street and allow people to pop into the shops to pick up their paper, loaf of bread, Special Brew or whatever.
I have really tried hard not to bite and write a post about double yellow lines, but the activity on Twitter has tipped me over the edge and so please accept my apologies, but I am essentially conditioned to react to such idiocy and besides, I think I have come up with my best post title ever (or perhaps not).
Fortunately Transport Minister, Norman Baker MP, said;
"The idea of actually having cars parked for a very long period of time on a double yellow line actually undermines the purpose of a double yellow line and I am advised it is unworkable."
Sources close to Pickles said;