Apalling Times article

Discussion in 'Advocacy and Cycling Safety' started by Amanda P, 27 Dec 2007.

  1. John the Monkey

    John the Monkey Frivolous Cyclist


    Stuff like this makes me not want to ride - a minority of drivers are quite hostile enough, without this sort of article fanning the flames.

    The comment from the Ontarian chap (about the hostility Britons have towards anyone daring to delay them on the road) was interesting, I thought.
  2. User482

    User482 Guest

    According to a thread on the CTC forum, the Times are deleting any critical responses to the article from their website.
  3. they didn't even put mine up , and i was quite restrained. i only mentioned incitement to kill once!
  4. Min'es not there either.

    I called Parris a pillock and asked if he would have been happy to read something so ignorant and crass aimed at homosexuals.
  5. wafflycat

    wafflycat New Member

    middle of Norfolk
    This is what I submitted. It hasn't appeared on the Times site though.

    Change the word "cyclist" in your article, Mr Parris, to read "gay” or "black" and you'll see the article for the nasty, violence-inciting rant it is. For a man supposed to be a serious journalist, you have just joined the gutter press. Do you really think it funny to incite murder, Mr Parris? There are idiots out there who take words such as those you've written to justify their violence towards others. You are a fool of the highest order. In case you just haven't got it into your nasty brain just how bad your hatred is, two friends of mine could have been killed by sort of actions you incite. One was seriously injured by such a wire strung across a cycle path and it left a nasty wound round his neck. Another was pushed off his bike by the passenger of an overtaking car. My friend ended up in a ditch with crushed vertebrae in his neck. He was lucky not to be made a quadriplegic: or worse. No, Mr Parris, your article is not funny: it’s pathetic.
  6. gavintc

    gavintc Guru

    I have complained to both the PCC and the Editor citing similar comments to those stated above. An incredibly stupid, insensitive, article.
  7. Dave5N

    Dave5N Über Member

    Seems to me most of the responses are critical

    I never had the slightest desire to get to know Mr Parris before. I'd really love to meet him now.

    Can't the CTC or BCF or someone get the police involved for incitement?
  8. Dave5N

    Dave5N Über Member

    And waffleycat, your response is first up.
  9. wafflycat

    wafflycat New Member

    middle of Norfolk
    So it is! That's new. Considering I submitted it ages ago, they must have a lot of responses they're working through..
  10. Wobbly John

    Wobbly John Veteran

    I understand that a CTC representative has started proceedings to involve the police.
  11. simon l& and a half

    simon l& and a half New Member

    Streatham Hill
    this is an uphill struggle - but for what it's worth. I considered the PCC route, but it's not actually against the PCC code to incite violence. I'm going to remove this letter from the post tomorrow morning, and I'd hope that it wasn't quoted in the interim. If you write to the police then you should just do that and let them get on with it.

    text removed..
  12. Smokin Joe

    Smokin Joe Legendary Member

    Good letter, Simon.

    I believe that if the police receive a complaint they are duty bound to investigate it, so even if no action is eventually taken Mr Parris's anal cheeks should twitch a little.

    In my view he has committed a clear offence.
  13. Twenty Inch

    Twenty Inch New Member

    Behind a desk
    Nice one simon. Will be dropping Savill m own letter.

    Let us know how you get on.
  14. Sore Thumb

    Sore Thumb Veteran

    This issue is been discussed everywhere.

    It looks like there are now a number of cyclists making forum complaints to the Police.

    Time Trialling Forum




    Cycle Touring Club


    Another Cycling forum


    Bike Radar

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