Here is the difference between Italian drivers and British drivers:
Most Italian drivers break the law. If they see a pedestrian crossing on a red light, they see her as a member of the community of road users and will take evasive action.
Most British drivers break the law. If they see a pedestrian crossing on a red light, they see her as a member of a different tribe and will run her down.
These are broad generalisations but they capture the deep hypocrisy of the British victim blaming culture. Because of their dysfunctional relationship with the law, people in the UK subconsciously feel guilty of breaking the law all the time when they drive, be it speeding, running red lights, not yielding to pedestrians when turning, etc.; but rather than saying “We are all doing it, so let’s take care of each other”, they project their guilt by blaming out-groups, people who are considered a different tribe, first among all, people who ride bicycles.
So when we hear John Armitt, a typical exponent of #nastybritain saying “the biggest danger to cyclists on the roads in London are actually themselves” we cannot help asking ourselves:
Just how many cyclists has john Armitt run over recently?
Armitt is chairman of the National Express coach group, so he is responsible for thousands of very dangerous vehicles. We know that one of his drivers almost killed someone exactly when he was making those moronic comments:
So we will ask him: how many KSIs has he and his coaches caused in the past two years?
The other aspect of #nastybritain that contributes to road violence is greed. The other enemy of road safety that has emerged in the Crossrail for Bikes consultation is the Canary Wharf Group. Danny Williams brilliantly exposes the mendaciousness of this organisation who is willing to trade lives of ordinary citizens for profits, as it bargains with the Qataris to sell its assets.
UPDATE: We have written to National Express corporate offices three times and received no answer. We will take that that scumbag of Armitt knows that he is guilty and is afraid of letting the truth be told.