Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Then the Law must be an Ass...




Deep down I think many of us can relate with sympathy to the extreme action taken by Mohamed Bouazizi, The 26 year old fruit and vegetable seller in Tunisia who doused himself in petrol and set fire to himself.

On the morning of December 17th 2010 it is reported that Mohammed Bouazizi went to work. He left his house in good spirits and set up his fruit stall in Sidi Bouzid, Tunisia. Bouazizi was a graduate in a nation where youth unemployment and corruption had led him to regularly bribing the police, who refused to grant him trading permits. On December 17th the police confiscated Bouazizi’s stall. In an act of suicidal protest, Bouazizi set himself alight. His desperation and dissent antagonised anger and rebellion in Tunisia’s youth. By January 9th 2011 protests had encouraged action from labour movements, rural workers and online activists. Although the government attempted to quell the protests through concessions, anger mounted until January 14th, when the 23 year rule of President Zein al-Abidine Ben Ali came to an end. 

We have all come across many evil things in our lives of that I am sure; and that which we know to be absolutely totally abominated and wrong. Many of us do nothing at all, and just let it all go over our heads, some challenge the wrongs that come before us, but then back away when we realise the appended problems this may bring about. Then there are those amongst us that stick their heads down and charge or make a rush or sudden attack upon, as in battle and like a bull with the knowledge that right is on our side (they are undeviating and true fighters), only to loose out in the end and to be left wondering how did that happen. Then there are the wrongs that we are not allowed or permitted under any circumstances to do anything about ourselves, the legal injuries that it would be against the law of the land if we were to try to solve the wrong ourselves, such as wrongdoing that violates another's rights and unjustly inflicted. So we put ourselves in the hands of the appropriate authorities, and guess what, somehow for whatever the reason, it doesn’t seem able to work out, and nothing gets done about it. I would imagine almost everyone reading this would say; yes, I've certainly got that tee shirt.

But then again on a lighter note, Segway rider, Mr Phillip Coates, going about what he thought was his own business, found himself in the Barnsley Magistrates Court's being fined £75, £250 costs, and £15 victim surcharge, after becoming the first person in Britain to be prosecuted for what was deemed by the judge, to have ridden a motorised vehicle on the pavement. But the Government does not allow Segways to be ridden on public roads either, and has no plans to change the law, leaving their use restricted to private land. The Segway was unveiled in 2001; it was claimed to foretell that which would inspire and change transport around our towns and cities as it was quick, environmentally friendly and easy to balance on thanks to gyroscopic technology – although George W Bush (‘ha-ha’) famously managed to fall off one.
The £5,000 machines, which can reach speeds of 12mph, became legal to ride on pavements in more than 40 US states as well as countries across Europe. But in Britain they were classed as motor vehicles under the Highways Act 1835, preventing them from being used on pavements, yet also barred from the road as they do not comply with road traffic law.


This must mean you would have thought that all those council worker's that clean the high streets with their motorised sweepers must be illegal, plus the worker's with there petrol driven stremmers, the hand-held machine for trimming grass and motor driven petrol lawn mowers are illegal, plus all those proud parents that follow there children down the footpaths in their Christmas and Birthday gifts of toy electric police car's and such must also be illegal, not to mention the mobility scooters that the old and disabled use, talking of which we found the above YouTube clip and this story in a US newspaper that went like this:

"Connecticut's favourite motorway, the beloved Interstate 95, was blessed with a unique traveller recently, one who might not quite have the license required to drive alongside cars going at 70 mph. You see, he was driving a motorized wheelchair. 
He's not the first man to take his mobility scooter onto the open road ... though, admittedly, the other one we've seen was just on a side road (and carrying a giant roll of carpet). 
This man was sporting a natty blue coat and a pair of sunglasses (you know, because he's cool), and thanks to his get-up, no one has yet been able to identify him." 
In other words, if you know the man in the clip below and can tell us more about his exit on the Fairfield junction get in contact because either this guy is a living legend or requires urgent medical attention.

The fact that a few years ago it was proven to me in a court of the land, and by a judge of the day and a representative of DVLA, that all thoroughfares that have layer's of concrete, tarmac, slabbed, paved, grassed, or earth itself, and if the edging is put in place and all is maintained by the council then this is deemed by law to be a road, and if appropriate to the vehicle, road tax must be paid.

All this seems or it may have been irrelevant and beside the point to the copper who apprehended Phillip Coates on that day; had he nothing better to do. To the judicial system as a whole, the self possessed and amok copper, the prosecution service or any judge, can somebody, anybody get it right or is it that the law is an ass?” 

Post By: Brian Hopper or In the Box   

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