Monday 27 March 2017

North could learn a lesson from my traffic problem

A bonfire is seen erected on the Shankill Road in West Belfast. The bonfire will be set alight on Friday, ahead of theTwelfth of July celebrations held by members of the Orange Order. Reuters
A bonfire is seen erected on the Shankill Road in West Belfast. The bonfire will be set alight on Friday, ahead of theTwelfth of July celebrations held by members of the Orange Order. Reuters

* The ongoing intransigence in Northern Ireland, over parades, flags, etc., reminds me of an incident I was involved in some years ago. I was driving a JCB in Finchley, London. Vehicles were parked on each side of the road, and there was only space for my vehicle to pass between them. In the distance, I saw a bus coming.

The bus had various places where it could have pulled in, so that we could have continued our journey. Instead, the bus kept coming until it stopped about six inches from the front bucket of the JCB. I got out to remonstrate with the driver and was slightly surprised to find that it was a woman and so I kept quiet.

She said: "Move your machine out of the way." I now see that the bus is full of people, and I tell her that she is driving dangerously, should not be in control of a bus, and for her to summon someone from her depot to come and take control of the bus. She shouts at me: "I'll soon have you moved." I get back into my machine and wait. An hour or more passes.

Please sign in or register with Independent.ie for free access to Opinions.

Sign In

Don't Miss