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11th September 2013: The world's gone mad and I'm the only one who knows
13th August 2013: Black is white. Fact. End of.
11th August 2013: Electric cars, not as green as they're painted?
18th June 2013: Wrinklies unite, you have nothing to lose but your walking frames!
17th May 2013: Some actual FACTS about climate change (for a change) from actual scientists ...
10th May 2013: An article about that poison gas, carbon dioxide, and other scientific facts (not) ...
10th May 2013: We need to see past the sex and look at the crimes: is justice being served?
8th May 2013: So, who would you trust to treat your haemorrhoids, Theresa May?
8th May 2013: Why should citizens in the 21st Century fear the law so much?
30th April 2013: What the GOS says today, the rest of the world realises tomorrow ...
30th April 2013: You couldn't make it up, could you? Luckily you don't need to ...
29th April 2013: a vote for NONE OF THE ABOVE, because THE ABOVE are crap ...
28th April 2013: what goes around, comes around?
19th April 2013: everyone's a victim these days ...
10th April 2013: Thatcher is dead; long live Thatcher!
8th April 2013: Poor people are such a nuisance. Just give them loads of money and they'll go away ...
26th March 2013: Censorship is alive and well and coming for you ...
25th March 2013: Just do your job properly, is that too much to ask?
25th March 2013: So, what do you think caused your heterosexuality?
20th March 2013: Feminists - puritans, hypocrites or just plain stupid?
18th March 2013: How Nazi Germany paved the way for modern governance?
13th March 2013: Time we all grew up and lived in the real world ...
12th March 2013: Hindenburg crash mystery solved? - don't you believe it!
6th March 2013: Is this the real GOS?
5th March 2013: All that's wrong with taxes
25th February 2013: The self-seeking MP who is trying to bring Britain down ...
24th February 2013: Why can't newspapers just tell the truth?
22nd February 2013: Trial by jury - a radical proposal
13th February 2013: A little verse for two very old people ...
6th February 2013: It's not us after all, it's worms
6th February 2013: Now here's a powerful argument FOR gay marriage ...
4th February 2013: There's no such thing as equality because we're not all the same ...
28th January 2013: Global Warming isn't over - IT'S HIDING!
25th January 2013: Global Warmers: mad, bad and dangerous to know ...
25th January 2013: Bullying ego-trippers, not animal lovers ...
19th January 2013: We STILL haven't got our heads straight about gays ...
16th January 2013: Bullying ego-trippers, not animal lovers ...
11th January 2013: What it's like being English ...
7th January 2013: Bleat, bleat, if it saves the life of just one child ...
7th January 2013: How best to put it? 'Up yours, Argentina'?
7th January 2013: Chucking even more of other people's money around ...
6th January 2013: Chucking other people's money around ...
30th December 2012: The BBC is just crap, basically ...
30th December 2012: We mourn the passing of a genuine Grumpy Old Sod ...
30th December 2012: How an official body sets out to ruin Christmas ...
16th December 2012: Why should we pardon Alan Turing when he did nothing wrong?
15th December 2012: When will social workers face up to their REAL responsibility?
15th December 2012: Unfair trading by a firm in Bognor Regis ...
14th December 2012: Now the company that sells your data is pretending to act as watchdog ...
7th December 2012: There's a war between cars and bikes, apparently, and  most of us never noticed!
26th November 2012: The bottom line - social workers are just plain stupid ...
20th November 2012: So, David Eyke was right all along, then?
15th November 2012: MPs don't mind dishing it out, but when it's them in the firing line ...
14th November 2012: The BBC has a policy, it seems, about which truths it wants to tell ...
12th November 2012: Big Brother, coming to a school near you ...
9th November 2012: Yet another celebrity who thinks, like Jimmy Saville, that he can behave just as he likes because he's famous ...
5th November 2012: Whose roads are they, anyway? After all, we paid for them ...
7th May 2012: How politicians could end droughts at a stroke if they chose ...
6th May 2012: The BBC, still determined to keep us in a fog of ignorance ...
2nd May 2012: A sense of proportion lacking?
24th April 2012: Told you so, told you so, told you so ...
15th April 2012: Aah, sweet ickle polar bears in danger, aah ...
15th April 2012: An open letter to Anglian Water ...
30th March 2012: Now they want to cure us if we don't believe their lies ...
28th February 2012: Just how useful is a degree? Not very.
27th February 2012: ... so many ways to die ...
15th February 2012: DO go to Jamaica because you definitely WON'T get murdered with a machete. Ms Fox says so ...
31st January 2012: We don't make anything any more
27th January 2012: There's always a word for it, they say, and if there isn't we'll invent one
26th January 2012: Literary criticism on GOS? How posh!
12th December 2011: Plain speaking by a scientist about the global warming fraud
9th December 2011: Who trusts scientists? Apart from the BBC, of course?
7th December 2011: All in all, not a good week for British justice ...
9th November 2011: Well what d'you know, the law really IS a bit of an ass ...

 

 
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This is a truly monstrous piece of law
 
An American who had been in the country for only a few hours killed three men as he drove a hire car on the wrong side of the road. Engineer Nathan Doud, 27, smashed into their car in pitch darkness when he mistakenly believed he was on a dual carriageway.
 
Yesterday he was jailed for 20 months after admitting causing death by dangerous driving. Leeds Crown Court heard that Doud, from Ventura, California, frequently travelled around the world in his job with an optical machinery company. On July 30 he flew to Newcastle at short notice from Switzerland to complete a repair job in Durham.
 
Afterwards he hired a Citroen C4 to get to Heathrow for a flight back to the U.S. to see his daughter. Using a satnav, he joined the unlit single-carriage A656, which he believed was a dual carriageway because of the broken central line, which denotes a dual carriageway in the U.S.
 
He travelled for 900 yards on the wrong side of the road before smashing into a Ford Fiesta driven by electrician David Bell, 51, with passengers Stephen Thackwray, 57, and Brian Lewis, 55.
 
Mr Bell was the designated driver taking his friends home from a nearby pub in Garforth, Leeds. Doud immediately phoned the emergency services - dialling 911 because he did not know the number used in the UK - and broke down in tears when a witness told him that the three men were dead.
 
The court heard that Mr Thackwray and Mr Lewis were not wearing seat-belts.
 
Prosecutor Mehran Nessiri said that Doud should have noticed a series of signs showing he was not on a dual carriageway. Judge Geoffrey Marson QC ordered Doud to serve at least ten months of the sentence. He said the tragedy resulted from 'lack of experience, confusion as to his route and failure to see or understand traffic indicators'. He added 'It is not suggested that the defendant intended any harm to anyone.'
 
It's worth pointing out that the judge paid no attention to the fact that Mr.Doud walked away from the accident, suggesting that the impact wasn't overwhelming and that the three victims probably didn't survive because they weren't wearing their seatbelts
 
The man made a mistake. It was a bad mistake, and it had serious and tragic consequences, but it was a mistake nevertheless, and a mistake is not a crime and shouldn't be treated as one.
 
Other people are allowed to make mistakes. Tony Blair made a mistake when he believed that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction. It was a mistake that cost many British servicemen their lives, but nobody has seriously suggested that Blair should be jailed for it.
 
The policemen who shot a young Brazilian man on a tube train made a dreadful mistake, but few people really think they should go to prison for it. Last year an old man in a Belfast hospital was injected using the wrong kind of syringe. He received 100 times the proper dose, and died. The doctor is not expecting a prison sentence. It was a mistake.
 
Not so long ago the newspapers reported the sad story of a young father playing with his baby who tripped and fell on the child, killing him. He hasn't been charged. Wilco van Rooijen, the leader of a team of Dutch climbers on K2, admitted that mistakes had cost the lives of 11 climbers earlier this year, but the police aren't waiting by his hospital bed until he's well enough to arrest and lock up.
 
So once again, mistakes are regrettable, they should be avoided at all costs, but they are not crimes.
 
And treating them as such is not law. It's just revenge, and we should be ashamed. It's the vicious revenge of the car-hating left-wing tree-huggers who've seized control of our legislative processes and who'd rather we all stayed at home twiddling our thumbs and not getting in their way.
 
This is a supposedly civilised nation. We should leave revenge to the good jihadists of Pakistan and Somalia.
 

 
The GOS says: Some months ago I was driving up the A140 in Suffolk on a short stretch of dual carriageway, going pretty fast in the outside lane, and came face to face with someone in a Mondeo driving straight at me. Miraculously there was space for me to pull over and he missed me.
 
What you're supposed to say in cases like this is that I was frightened out of my wits and saw my life flash by me. Sadly I wasn't, and didn't - it all happened too fast.
 
But I am very puzzled: what the driver of that car did was exactly - exactly - the same as Nathan Doud, with possibly less excuse as he wasn't a foreigner. The only difference was that nobody was killed - but that was a matter of luck, not judgement. The mistake, or offence if you must, was the same.
 
What kind of law is it that differentiates on the basis of luck?

 

 
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