It looks like Bill de Blasio will go down in the history books?
Forever known as the Mayor of New York who shut down an entire city for a smattering of snow?
I'm still at a bit of a loss as to why he went to such extreme measures. If there had been a two hundred foot tsunami heading west across the Atlantic then maybe he would have been right. If there was a violent hurricane just coming inshore then he would have had a point, but a bit of snow? Even three feet of snow is hardly worthy of a title of "extreme danger", unless of course it was all going to fall at once with a loud FLOP!
I have mentioned before how there is a tendency to over dramatise everything these days, and the Americans are masters in the art. They no longer have storms – they have to be Superstorms. There is no such thing now as bad weather – it has to be Extreme Weather. De Blasio fell foul of that with his "one of the largest snowstorms in the history of New York" statement. "Crippling and potentially historic"? Jayzus but there's nothing like a bit of drama to whip the peasants into a frenzy?
But why shut down the entire transport system? Why close airports when they are more than likely to make that decision for themselves? And most baffling of all – why make it a fucking criminal offense to drive your car?
They have forecast snow here in Ireland. It won't be anything like three feet, but here, three millimeters of the white stuff is sufficient to bring our cities to a grinding halt for some reason.
There are no emergency measures in place so far as I know. There have been no dramatic announcements, no breathless over excited weather forecasters on the television. If the snow comes, it comes. People will carry on their normal lives and if they eventually get stuck, they'll get stuck. Drivers will drive the roads up until that magic three millimeter mark when the roads will grind to a natural standstill.
Over here, we carry on regardless until we can't carry on any further.
In New York they apparently need to be protected from themselves, even to the point of invoking laws that criminalise ordinary people from doing ordinary things. Big Brother knows better?
Maybe Bill de Blasio should come to Ireland for a holiday?
I'd say he needs it!