(details here). The protest is supported by Aiden’s family. Bikers should assemble at Pottington Business Park. It is expected that the bikes will arrive at the Square around 11.30 to 11.45am, but there will be people down there before then setting up stalls and the PA system and podium. I hope plenty of people will turn up for this protest. While bikers are particularly vulnerable to drunk or drugged drivers, so, too, are pedestrians, as I know from my own experience. Let us show the powers that be that we treat killing seriously, even if they fail to.
Also on Saturday, at Pip & Jim’s Hall, from 11.30 to 14.30, there will be a craft workshop for adults and children. Children must be accompanied. This is in preparation for the May Day/Jack in the Green parade.
The Guardian recently reported that between 220 and 240 people a year died in drink-drive “accidents” between 2010 and 2015, whilst provisional figures show the number of serious drink-drive “accidents” – in which at least one person was seriously injured – rose 11% between 2014 and 2015, from 880 to 980, even though there was only a small increase in the total number of road accidents. The report did not give figures for drug-drive “accidents”.
We all know that accidents do happen. Inevitably, and probably always, there will be some accidents on the roads – the price we pay for increased mobility. However, the so-called “accidents” caused by a driver having consumed alcohol or drugs are wholly preventable, which means that, in the short period between 2010 and 2015, over one thousand people died for no reason. How many of the killers, like the killer of Aiden Platt, walked free? Over-lenient sentences for those who kill as a result of driving under the influence of drink or drugs can only send the message that the crime is not considered important. People have been treated more harshly for stealing food from a supermarket.
and unintentional killing of a human being
without deliberation, premeditation, and malice.”
I have never learned to drive. I like to say that, when it would have been the right time for me to do so, the government were pushing “Don’t drink and Drive” and the choice was obvious!
Philip Milton is the principal and founder of the well-respected and successful firm of financial advisers, Philip Milton & Co PLC in Barnstaple. He also personally has many earned financial qualifications. So, when he has a comment on financial matters, it is worth paying attention.
“Frustrating too that the Trust had given notice to NDC so would only have needed to trade on for 3 months and the service would have then transferred back to the Council or a new provider. Ticket buyers would have had their purchases honoured and the Theatres' staff would not have all lost their jobs. This whole situation could, and should have been avoided!”
The theatres have always been supported by public money – your money and my money. Not just through ticket sales, but by support from North Devon District Council, by grants from other public sources and by donations. My wife and I both made regular donations, and I believe Philip Milton & Co PLC was a corporate sponsor. I suspect that many of you also supported the theatres in some way. The trustees did not own them – as the name implies, they held them in trust for the people of North Devon. They owe it to us to give us the explanation we are entitled to – what truly happened. I hope that one trustee will have the honesty and decency to do just that.
And finally, well done to all those who turned out for the Save our Hospital Services demonstration in London on 4th March. I gather there were a quarter of a million people there, which makes it all the more peculiar why the British media largely ignored it.