Wednesday, September 06, 2006
I have been sitting here looking for prigs and, suddenly, I have realised they are all around me. In July 2002, I wrote an attack on the behaviour of cyclists - see Selected Articles. It was greeted with howls of outrage, in spite of the fact that every non-cyclist I knew regarded cyclists in London with fear and loathing. I like to think that article turned the tide. Now the criminal behaviour of cyclists is a national joke and even Ken Livingstone has suggested bikes should have to carry number plates - see here. I say 'even' because Mayor Foxy-Woxy is in the habit of supporting any politically correct minority at any cost and cyclists are definitely PC. In fact, that is what makes them prigs. Cycling is environmentally sound - a truism - and cyclists ride around bathed in easy virtue. (I like to think that it is Coldplay on their iPods, dull music intended to make self-regarding people feel good.) This is why they are so full of righteous anger at any hint of criticism, they think they have God on their side so they can do anything they want. They continue to make driving in London a nervy hell because of their refusal to obey traffic laws. They are major prigs - and dangerous ones too.
Posted by Bryan Appleyard at 6:20 am