So 20 per cent – 501 people – thought the national speed limit is 80mph, a limit that has never been set in this country, although various governments have mooted it, then dropped it. It should be noted, much to my personal shame, that the last time the Tories bought up the issue of raising the speed limit to 80mph, it was dropped due to the backlash from female voters, who, for reasons known only to themselves, considered travelling at 80mph more dangerous than travelling at 70mph, despite the fact that motorways are the least accident-prone type of road, and that Germany’s de-restricted Autobahns have among the lowest accident rates in the world. Also, I’m not sure what difference 10mph makes to inherent “danger”.
And then, just when you might have thought you’d plumbed the depths of ignorance, you reach the 17 per cent – 426 crazy, crazy people out there, with boxes of frogs under their beds and marmalade in their pockets, who howl at the moon – who “weren’t sure” what the national speed limit is. “Weren’t sure”, as in, it could be 40mph or it could be 100mph? I think it best we don’t even go there.
In the meantime, It should be thankfully noted that the national speed limit on motorways is actually now a de facto 80mph. I haven’t noticed any morally outraged female voters shrieking about this development, presumably because they’re too ignorant of others’ driving to notice at what speeds cars around them are travelling. Just as they presumably have never realised that the 70mph limit, which they consider so much “safer” was introduced by Barbara Castle, a woman who didn’t drive a car.