While the UK is
fighting hard to keep the government from squeezing every last penny out of its
citizenry for putting a car on the road, Germans are sticking two fingers up at the
unelected European Commission over a suggestion that they should limit the
speed on Autobahn’s, it was reported in Wired Blog.
The message was
loud and clear, ‘Don't come between a German and the red zone on the
Speeding down the
Autobahn is a sacred rite and a badge of liberty in rule-bound Deutschland —
which made unelected EU Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas' proposal for
Autobahn speed limits to fight CO2 a non-starter for many.
“Free driving for free citizens!” mingled with German automakers'
huffy retort that they needed “no coaching on efficient climate
protection” — an notion with which Head Coach Angela Merkel, the German
Chancellor and current EU President, might find reason to quibble.
Environment Minister Sigmar Gabriel called the proposal “a secondary front
and a trivialization of the climate problem.”
If you have ever had the pleasure of travelling along an Autobahn at 110 or 120 mph, I can assure you that it is something to behold. Great roads coupled with speed is a rush that I can fully appreciate.
that perhaps David Cameron might like to take on board, come the next election, is that we have had enough of being nannied, ordered about and having the best things in life banned.
What we want is free choice, informed choice, coupled with good low level transparent government that provides services, not broken promises, financial thuggery and secrecy.