Not you and me, obviously.
I wonder what the result will be in North Devon.
Interestingly, the announcement seems to have prompted a considerable number of people to register to vote, including many who have not voted before. According to the BBC, in the period between Tuesday 18th April, when the election was called, and Sunday 23rd April, almost 350,000 people registered. Depending where those new voters will vote, that could have a big effect on the outcome, and could result in some surprises!
However, before that we have the County Council elections, and I hope you will not let the national stuff distract you from those. Unlike the national elections, I think you should not pay too much attention to party affiliation, although, of course, it will give some indication of political thinking. For all local elections, my belief is that you should vote for the person, not the party. I have already voted – I have sent in my postal vote. If you have a postal vote, don’t forget – you can send it off immediately, and better do that than forget and find on voting day that you have not voted.
A compulsory retest after you have reached a certain age is hardly draconian. I envisage that it would probably be brought in gradually, as was the MOT test (which caused similar protests back when it was first mooted). At first, only the handful of drivers over, say, 85 would be tested, with the age being gradually lowered over a period of years. This would ensure that the number of examiners could keep pace with the number being tested.
The IAM also suggest that older people may be put off applying for a further test and, in rural areas, may, as a result, cut themselves off from shops, friends and support. However, if they are capable of driving safely, surely they are equally capable of deciding whether or not to apply for a test.
Meanwhile, unnecessary accidents continue.
I am looking forward to this Sunday.
My congratulations and thanks to Kelly Raveney for organising it once again.
It was good to see the flag of St George out along the High Street this week. In case, you didn’t notice, Sunday was St George’s Day.
And finally ….. Did you see the story that the younger generation are in for a £400 Billion windfall when my generation falls off its perch? Something for them to look forward to. Personally, I have told my kids that I will be happy if I die having just spent my last farthing!