Saturday, 22 January 2011

The Police's Little Helpers

Peter Davies (pictured) is the elected Mayor of Doncaster and is one of only eleven in England.  He was head of religious studies and politics at Danum School for 30 years before taking early retirement.  He is a founder member of the Campaign for Real Education, an organisation dedicated to restoring high standards of learning and discipline in the state education sector.  He is also a founder member of the Campaign Against Political Correctness and campaigns for the withdrawal of England from the EU.

One of Mr Davies' first acts on taking office in 2009 was cutting his salary from £73,000 to £30,000 as well as dispensing with a chauffeur. He drives himself and does not claim for mileage.

Yesterday Mr Davies was caught speeding by children in a police road safety exercise.  He was clocked driving close to a primary school at 33mph in a 30mph zone and he insisted that the children should have been at their desks rather than policing the streets.

"While I fully support the police in managing speeds on our roads, I do not support children being out of school for this sort of activity," he said. "Road safety can be delivered in the classroom alongside English and maths and schools should be concentrating on this basics."

Although he was spoken to by officers, police said no further action would be taken.
It is understood that pupils sent him a letter about their concerns over the dangers of speeding drivers.

I do hope he replied.  Courteously of course.



WitteringsfromWitney said...

-SR, first 33 in a 30 limit means that the police could not take any action - more spin!

Second, as the Mayor says, what the hell were children doing out of class? School is intended to implant knowledge, not help the police in performing a public service!

This speaks volumes about our education system and those that are supposed to implement it!

Oldrightie said...

A brave man. We need 20 million plus, though.

subrosa said...

Of course they couldn't WfW. They possibly spoke to Mr Davies because he stopped to ask what was going on.

As for the children writing to him...

subrosa said...

We do indeed OR. Good to know there are still a few of principle who will stand up to the nonsense which has overtaken society.

Joe Public said...

As a member of the Campaign for Real Education, he'd appreciate the practical possibilities of the episode.

Mathematics: Calculate the distance travelled by a vehicle in 2 secs travelling at 30mph.

Physics: Describe the forces involved in sudden deceleration when braking heavily.

English Language: Write a Notice of Intended Prosecution to be sent to a speeding motorist.

English Literature (fiction): Create plausibe excuse as submitted by a speeding motorist attempting to avoid a speeding prosecution.

Biology: Explain the effects on human tissue of being struck by a motor vehicle travelling at 31mph.

Anonymous said...

Of course he got off with it. I, on the other hand, not being a mayor, (is that the same as a Provost?) was fined £60 and had three endorsements, meaning my insurance went up for 3 years, and I was no where near a school.

There's one law for us and one for them.

Anonymous said...

PS Brilliant Joe!!!

subrosa said...

Wonderful Joe. Well done.

subrosa said...

It's similar to a provost Tris, but this mayor is elected. We don't elect provosts and I'm not sure if they're paid or not these days. They receive expenses of course.

Leg-iron said...

Well, with an inherent 10% error margin in speedometers, 33 mph breaks no laws at all and he should not even have been stopped.

Also, if those kids had been in school insterad of wandering the streets they would have been in no danger of being run down.

This reminds me of an accredittion exercise which insisted our incubators operated within plus or minus 0.5C. Which is impossible unless we bought vastly expensive incubators and never opened them.

As with this nonsense, it was carried out by people who have no idea how the real life machinery works.

Unfortunately that is becoming the norm. Fortunately it can't last very long before it all implodes.

subrosa said...

The sooner the bubble bursts the better for everyone LI and then perhaps we'll return to using a mixture of research and common sense.

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