A simple solution — 13 Comments

  1. Eire sounds even worse than the UK , which as you know is full of people trying to tell us how to live. Arseholes all of them.

  2. The privately-owned, petrol-engined, passenger car has evolved progressively over the last 120+ years to a point where it now offers an ideal combination of efficiency, reliability, economy and functionality for domestic use. Indeed the structure of life itself has evolved in parallel to map onto the car’s facility.

    So far, no-one has come anywhere close to identifying an alternative which can encompass its full range of capability at similarly low cost. If and when they do, I may be interested but, to date, all their dick-brain proposals are fuelled by nothing but fantasies, so I’ll continue to run my modest fleet of carbon-fuelled mobility, waving a defiantly-raised finger to them all.

  3. The problem is too many people. Your countryman Jonathan Swift had a modest proposal which would easily transfer to modern times. If we start eating babies the problem would solve itself. Sounds like a plan. 🙂

    • You may consider starting by first eating those babies with a darker-than-local skin-tone. Not only more plentiful but that way you could solve two problems at once, efficient or what?

  4. Once all the cars become self-driving (assuming Musk’s crap is not used), it’ll be possible to go anywhere by ‘bus’, as it’ll be in what was your own car, now owned by the state, but called up to take you places driver-less. Sounds far-fetched? Ha ha ha – it’s the future!
    But, as Mudplugger says, let’s first eat the babies and then worry about tomorrow tomorrow.

    • What the self-drive car zealots never mention is the effect on road capacity.
      In most developed urban areas, roads are pretty close to capacity already – and that’s when ‘driving’ is limited to those with the physical ability, mental facility, tested capability and wealth to own/operate a car.
      Self-driving cars open up the usage to the very young, the very old, the seriously disabled, the mentally-challenged, the blind, the capital-poor, those incapable of passing a driving test etc., all of which could easily add 50% to the total of road users, all operating within a common software-managed envelope which itself is far less efficient than the current variable, albeit sometimes illegal, driving pattern by humans.
      If you thought the roads were busy now . . . . .

  5. Privately owned cars are very efficient. They never go anywhere without an occupant, passenger, who wants to go there.
    Unlike taxis, buses, trains, whatever, which spend a fair proportion of their time running about empty, especially at night, or just waiting with engine running.
    Why do railway companies have so many road going vehicles?
    And who is going to hose out this shared car after every user has left it?
    Because if you don’t own it, and the custodian is not on board, why would you not leave it in a mess.

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