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Crafwr: 20 really is plenty

21 Sep 2023 4 minute read
20mph speed limit at St Brides

It seems the whole of Wales has been exercised at 20mph this week- which is excellent news for our fitness, health and general wellbeing!

Somewhat late in the day, 100s and 1000s (you know the ones, those little multi coloured sugar sprinkles), have decided to object to a law long since planned, trailed and trialled, promised and delivered by the elected government.

Truly shocking that an elected government should actually deliver on a promise in modern Britain!

Crafwr is outraged at this sensible, democratic and purposeful outcome in our modern democracy.

Andrew R T Davies shares this outrage but was (as usual) left red in the face when his Twitter poll delivered a slap in the face to his principled stand. Rubbing salt in the wound, a proper poll by Redfield & Wilton showed the same comfortable majority in favour of the change.

Seatbelts, breathalysers, 20mph in residential areas – equally resisted by populists and stick in the muds – ‘but that’s the way we’ve always done it’.

Time, one feels, will be on the side of the exercising 20…

Bad Penny

The dowager Duchess of Conservatism, Penny Mordaunt, always one to put Welsh priorities at the very top of her list, has labelled the Welsh 20mph legislation as ‘insane’.

Crafwr presumes she backs an alternate policy of turning all of our cities into Copenhagen (excellent public transport, default rights of way for pedestrians and cyclists, fewer cars and far less need for them).

Absurd to think that such a shining beacon of hope for the future of conservatism would think that saving lives, reducing harm and (contrary to selective reporting) a net saving to the Welsh economy of almost £2Bn, was insane. She must simply differ markedly in her policy proposals to achieve such evident benefits.

Of course, Crafwr may be wrong in this assumption. She may be a Bad Penny, keen to defend motorists’ right to rule the roads so that they can get to their destination on average around 60 seconds faster.

Crafwr’s words of wisdom – ‘listen to better music and podcasts, you might appreciate the extra minute!’.

Seek Enlightenment Young Grasshopper

Talking of podcasts, political nerds and data geeks, have a listen to Professor Richard Llywelyn Wyn Jones, also known as Deke Woo, in this podcast. Enlightening.

Green Tories

Crafwr may be misreading the splendid ship of state that is Bad Penny – her current boss (one day she’ll steal his hat) managing to annoy the Net Zero heroes and the Net Zero sceptics with some half arsed tinkering to policy.

So sharp and refined is the Richie Sunak political compass that perhaps the Pennster will get her chance at the hat sooner rather than later.

Bigger is Better?

And so, finally, the long awaited expansion of the Senedd has been announced – a bit battered by 20mph winds but it was there if you looked hard enough. An extra 36 titans of Wales for the Senedd from 2026. Subdued resistance thus far, a decent hash of making the case. Hard to object perhaps when Cardiff City has 79 councillors and over 13,000 staff for a budget of £700M or so whilst the Senedd runs a country and a £20Bn plus budget with 60 Members and around 5,000 staff. More tools required.

Winds of Change

Speaking of winds, at speeds of considerably less than 20mph, those rebels at YasSimroo are at it again with a King Whopper of a march in Bangor, North Wales – somewhere between the entire Senedd staff (plus tools) and the entire Cardiff Council staff (plus organs of direction) expected.

As a fresh fan of this Indy juice, the Crafwr may even amble along themself.


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Windy
Windy
5 months ago

Rumour has it that Penny pinchers own constituency has adopted a 20mph limit in its city

Steve Woods
Steve Woods
5 months ago
Reply to  Windy

It’s not a rumour; a 20 mph limit in Portsmouth has been in effect since 2010.

Rhobert Davi8s
Rhobert Davi8s
5 months ago
Reply to  Steve Woods

Been there Portsmouth it is easy to navigate. Why is ours so confusing and silly. Portsmouth crowded pavements schools, shoppers 20mph. Wales empty pavements 20mph perhaps but the signs say 30 confused.

Philip Davies
Philip Davies
5 months ago

Superb pamphleteering propaganda. I really do admire the writing. Nonetheless, I still don’t agree with the Senedd’s half-baked radical tinkering when better enforcement of existing traffic ameliorations was a saner choice.

Steffan Gwent
Steffan Gwent
5 months ago
Reply to  Philip Davies

This is the poll tax moment for Plaid/Labour.

Philip Davies
Philip Davies
5 months ago
Reply to  Steffan Gwent

Yes, indeed.

CapM
CapM
5 months ago
Reply to  Steffan Gwent

“This is the poll tax moment for Plaid/Labour.”

It’s like 1990 all over again.
Hundreds of thousands on the streets complying with 20mph limits.
No one arrested
Mounted police ignoring convoys of cars
It’s deja vu

max wallis
max wallis
5 months ago

Blind to the divisions exposed in Labour, with many of their “worthy” County Council leaders being reluctant to support the 20mph switch and even, like in Swansea, RCT and the Vale of Glamorgan, trying to sabotage it be giving 30mph exceptions on many roads. The Labour VoG leadership started off by declaring they think all A-roads and B-roads are strategic and should be 30mph. Of course , a number of their exceptions were knocked back. Plaid proposed one only to be withdrawn, rather than the principle. This lack of support and worse from the Labour bosses revealed the WGovt autocratic… Read more »

Neil Anderson
Neil Anderson
5 months ago

‘Better be five minutes late in this world than five minutes early in the next!’

Sarah Smith
Sarah Smith
5 months ago
Reply to  Neil Anderson

Learn to cross the road then.

Bethan
Bethan
5 months ago
Reply to  Sarah Smith

Are pedestrians like rabbits to you? Dart across the road when the machines aren’t around or face being flattened? How about learn to drive properly. At 20mph in residential areas. You don’t need a license to cross a road. Driver’s are the ones ploughing through towns in heavy machinery. Act like it.

Blinedig
Blinedig
5 months ago
Reply to  Neil Anderson

Indeed. Better late than “late”.

Gary
Gary
5 months ago

How does the 20 mph limit generate £2 Bn of savings to the economy? The lack of explanation is as bad as those claiming the law will be a huge drain on the economy.

Dafydd
Dafydd
5 months ago

I replied to this post last night but it is not here. What is the point of asking for comments if they are not shown.
Brace yourselves the next step along the war against the motorist will be road pricing ,

Bethan
Bethan
5 months ago
Reply to  Dafydd

War on motorists please. The quickest, easiest, fairest way to reduce the number of drivers would be to simply make driving tests more difficult and revoke licenses at the slightest offense. There was a time where people understood the mechanics of vehicles and has a good grasp of the destruction they can cause. People treat cars like magical playthings now. 20mph in residential area is not a war on motorists. Motorists have just had the lay of the land for decades and don’t even realise how good they’ve had it.

Silenced!
Silenced!
5 months ago

Well it’s been in for a few days now. And qite frankly, what’s the fuss? The speed limits are posted. All we have to do is follow them. It’s barely slowed down ANY of my journeys by more than a few seconds.
Social responsibility of this type is EASY. Why are people whining so loudly about it?
Maybe they should claim it’s because “something something transgender people”. THEN people would be up in arms about it

Bethan
Bethan
5 months ago
Reply to  Silenced!

Some people aren’t happy unless they have something to complain about.

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