Over-Compliant Brits

Brits are much readier than Americans to tolerate unreasonable imposition – that’s probably why they’re stuck in the EU.

We saw an example when flying out of Heathrow last week. The security people still require passengers to put their on the X-Ray belt and walk shoeless for about 15 yards through the metal detector. They don’t provide disposable socks so it’s a yucky experience. The passengers around us complained bitterly to each other about this, but complied anyway.

Keeping quiet is silly.

Heathrow security is operated by the British Airports Authority (BAA) which is paid to do the work by the Brit Home Office.

BAA, like any other state-financed enterprise, keeps costs down at the expense of its customers – in this case by making hundreds of thousands of them walk shoeless on its dirty floors.

I asked the security team for disposable socks, and when told they had none, politely invited them to find another solution. They sat me comfortably in a chair, took my shoes for X-Ray and returned them so I stayed unpolluted.

If everybody did this, screening times would go through the roof and BAA would cough up the few cents needed to stop its customers picking up nasty infections – either by buying the socks, or by deploying the little machine the Italians use to scan shoes while still on the wearer.

In the 15 minutes we took to clear security, I was the only one to refuse the dirty floor treatment.

Here’s another example from the Motoring section of the London Daily Telegraph (my ellipsis):

I’d like to urge drivers to carry their Certificate of Motor Insurance with them at all times when driving… (because of) the Automatic Number Plate Recognition system (ANPR), which gives police details of whether vehicles have current road tax, insurance and MoT (mandatory vehicle test).

Unfortunately, the Motor Insurance Database (MID) is not always up to date. The police now have “stop and seize” powers for uninsured vehicles and if their only point of reference is an incorrect entry (or no entry at all) on the MID, then properly insured drivers can find themselves having their cars seized.

If this problem is correctly stated, Brit cops can’t or won’t keep their database up to date. So the solution isn’t for properly insured drivers to carry a certificate to stop the cops wrongly seizing their cars, but to encourage them to fix their database.

One good way to do that is for unlawfully dispossessed owners to make a public stink and obtain expensive reparations. Most people don’t have the time or money to do this, but those that do should consider it a civic duty.

Because soon Brits may be forced to carry ID cards, and if the government fails to maintain that database properly, lots of law abiding folks are going to suffer much worse fates than having their cars seized.

This compliance explains why the Brits, who spent so much blood and treasure freeing Europe from the Nazis, have become a vassal state of Brussels.

(This isn’t to discourage readers from carrying Insurance Certificates – you need them in an accident.)

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