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Puritan Watch

Whatever you might think of SUVs (as for me, I don’t even own a car), there’s no doubt that they have become a handy symbol for the puritans, scolds and busybodies who make up far too much of the enviromentalist movement. It’s no surprise, therefore, to see that the city of Paris is looking to ban them (at the same time, needless to say, as expanding facilities for bicyclists, some of the most annoying people ever to weave across a road, but I guess that’s a controversy for another time…) and that London’s mayor Ken “endorsed by the Economist Livingstone ” has had this to say on SUVs:

They were “bad for London — completely unnecessary.” Their owners were “complete idiots.”

Hmmm. “bad for London,” “completely unnecessary,” a “complete idiot”, now those words remind me of somebody.

Ken…Ken..Ken?

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