Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 August 2014

Unimpressed by cycle helmet compulsion

I AM unimpressed by our MLAs' latest wheeze - cycle helmet compulsion. Helmets, yes. Compulsion, no.

The irony is that three of our main parties, the SDLP, DUP and Sinn Fein all started out as parties of protest who believed in sticking it to 'the man'. Now, rather like the pigs in Orwell's Animal Farm, they have become 'the man' and are going to tell the rest of us how to live.

Surely it would be better to tell everyone that if you injure your head while not wearing a helmet, you are legally, and in all other senses, the author of your own misfortune and the nanny state is not going to put you back together again? That would make the individual take responsibility for their own actions and keep the Government out of our lives.

I once wore a sticker on my newly-obligatory motorcycle helmet which read: 'This helmet is worn under the threat of a £50 fine. How long will your freedom last?' While they're at it, why doesn't the Assembly put me on a diet, too? I'm a little overweight.

BRIAN GIBSON

Comber, Co Down

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