Not Saussure

February 7, 2007

Appeal for calm

Filed under: UK, War on Terror — notsaussure @ 8:04 pm

I’m sure that the vast majority of the members of the motoring community are perfectly law-abiding, deplore terrorist attacks and realise that any talk of a ‘war on motorists’ through speed cameras and congestion charges are completely irresponsible nonsense.

I’m therefore appealing to their community leaders to cooperate with the police and to encourage peaceful motorists to do the same. I’ve also asked Ruth Kelly to set up a study group to investigate ways of better integrating motorists — many of whom were born and brought up here — with the community and ways of persuading them that sending letter bombs is very un-British. I would encourage the parents of young motorists to look for the danger signs — a fascination with Top Gear is very suspicious — and to report them to the police as soon as possible for their family’s sake.

The security services are, of course, studying letters to the papers, posts on Internet sites and newsgroups and the like in search of extremists who make false and inflammatory claims about speed cameras, the congestion charge and road charging in general. Obviously the vast majority of people who get involved in such campaigns are perfectly innocent and, if they have nothing to hide, have nothing to fear.

We hope Jeremy Clarkson will soon be released from Belmarsh, where he is helping us with our inquiries. We may have to impose a control order on him, but our first priority has to be the safety of the public.

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  1. Nice, sardonic post. Thank you. You have breathed balance into what seems such a gloomy situation, viewed from far away.

    Comment by Welshcakes Limoncello — February 7, 2007 @ 10:27 pm

  2. Brilliant.

    Comment by cityunslicker — February 7, 2007 @ 11:11 pm

  3. Oh, if only it were so…

    Comment by rainmanlite — February 8, 2007 @ 6:55 am

  4. You may joke, but certain ‘photo scrutinising’ Bloggers who should know better are saying (in that corner-of-the-mouth “I shouldn’t say this, but” kind of way that they hope lets you off the hook) that the bombings are justified, the Government started this (ahem) War on Motorists.

    Is that moral relativism? I’m never sure.

    I imagine their tiny brains will collapse into a singularity of panic and confusion if it turns out to be a disgruntled Islamo-moto-facist-terrorist sending the bombs…

    Comment by Neil — February 8, 2007 @ 9:36 am

  5. Ha ha, enjoyed this one. I have to say, I first heard it after the attack on the Congestion Charge offices, and wondered if it was disgruntled Concentration Camp Guards after Ken’s blood.

    Comment by piers — February 8, 2007 @ 10:51 am

  6. Prime candidates for internment here.

    Comment by john b — February 8, 2007 @ 4:31 pm

  7. I don’t know about EU Referendum having problems if it turns out to be the work of ‘a disgruntled Islamo-moto-facist-terroris’t’ but I’m certainly going to have problems if Richard North finds himself up before the beak for incitement to terrorism or glorifying terrorism.

    I mean, one disapproves of that sort of law on principle, but it would be rather amusing…

    Comment by notsaussure — February 8, 2007 @ 4:41 pm

  8. D’you think the Guardian’s Jon Henley reads your blog, NS?,,2008256,00.html

    Comment by Mr Eugenides — February 8, 2007 @ 6:39 pm

  9. He might read Lenin’s Tomb, which is where I first saw a similar post.

    The Grauniad’s Vikram Dodd’s made another over on CiF now as well:

    Comment by . — February 8, 2007 @ 6:49 pm

  10. It was, as Obsolete suggest, a pretty obvious joke, Mr E — though the Groan did once pick up and attribute one of my pieces, about the News of the World trying to hire Bulgarian and Romanian hookers so they could be sure of having some to write about, so who knows?

    I was pleased to see from the comments to the Vikram Dodd article that the moderate motorists have, in fact, got a community leader who’s appealing for calm:

    Nigel Humphries, from the Association of British Drivers, told BBC Radio Five Live he was “appalled” by the apparent bombing campaign. He added: “In fact, it makes us feel a bit guilty that we haven’t campaigned hard enough on the legitimate front against the things that we oppose, to do with criminalising and bullying motorists and because of our failure to campaign hard enough, somebody’s had to resort to this.”

    John Reid’s reaction is a bit uncharacteristically low key, isn’t it?    

    Home Secretary John Reid described the incidents as “worrying”.

    But he added: “It is important we allow police to get on with their investigation without undue speculation.”

    Quite a change from the Home Office’s behaviour last week.

    Comment by notsaussure — February 8, 2007 @ 7:17 pm

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