Sunday, October 19, 2008

A random event

So, according to The Telegraph, the government plans to impose random breath testing on drivers, regardless of how they are driving, in order to "reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries caused by drink driving".

This, of course, has been dreamed up by the government, completely spontaneously, a sovereign nation deciding to act in order to safeguard its citizens.

Yet, in May 2004, the then Home Office was robustly insisting that random tests were not an efficient way of catching drink-drivers. It did not see the need for them to be introduced. So what changed?

Well … It might just have something to do with this. Leave it long enough and allow the furore to die down and then you can pretend it was your idea all along. The media – with no memory at all – will never cotton on.

Unfortunately, some of us have long memories. Not that that makes any difference, of course. This will go through, on the nod, and no one will be any the wiser.