Politics is everywhere. The very act of driving a car is in effect a statement that you don’t mind shoring up the society we’re are all in together by paying oodles of road and fuel tax.
Alternatively it is a statement that you are free-thinking individual who shuns public transport in favour of your own personal transport agenda.
But sometimes there is no place for politics.
According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), the accident prevention charity, we need to help low-income families who are most at risk of road accidents.
A RoSPA’s report shows how exposure to danger is a factor which can vary significantly between socioeconomic groups. For example, children in families in the lowest income bracket cross 50 per cent more roads than families in the highest.
The report also makes a series of unfathomable recommendations including this one:
"Education interventions need to help individuals and communities to overcome the social factors which act as barriers to safer behaviours, and empower them to have more control."
Yes, it’s a bunch of social worker speak drivel and makes the point that because the poor can’t afford a car with a million airbags its all our fault. They might as well ask for redistribution of wealth, as well as taking over the means of production and blaming Thatcher.
We live in a reasonably free society where if we work hard we can buy a fancy car that’s safe. Also if we look both ways when crossing the road, or at least wait to attack that six pack of Stella Artois until we get home, then chances are we won’t be knocked over. It’s all about choices and some of us make bad ones, including buying a Proton Impian and whether or not to use a Pelican Crossing.
In my view, as soon as charities start making political points rather than doing excellent work, they should lose their tax-free charitable status. Or stand for election. Now, RoSPA, put your reflective tabards back on and leave us all alone.