I think his problem is that he does not take cycling seriously. It is posturing, getting the press photos in (look at the photo accompanying the article. Obviously posed, for the benefit of the media). So, when he gets on a bike, he allows himself to descend to the social level where he thinks most cyclists are positioned - uncivilised, rebellious, beyond the normal rules of society.
Whereas we, the serious and disciplined cyclists*, think otherwise....
Ignore him. He's an irrelevance.
*I make an exception, of course, of some folks on the forum!
I don't agree with Pete. Cameron tries to do the right thing by cycling - some will accuse him of political gesturing. If he drives to work they'll have a go at him for not being greener. A case of damned if you do, damned if you dont.
if he jumped a red light, he's made a mistake. we all make mistakes..
I think this is wonderful! Really. If he was posturing this is totally the wrong and politically incorrect way to do it. Having a high profile, leader of the Tory party taking the p**s out of Daily Mail readers like this is priceless. At a stroke the whole cycling community is now on the reasonable, responsible, lets all use the roads sensibly side of the argument. What a wonderful gift - motorists don't need to worry about about getting us guys off the road - they'll have to start with the leader of the Tory party.
The fact that Cameron uses a bike is a plus I think and something that more high profile people could do to raise public awareness of cycling. I'm puzzled how someone wearing a suit can be called a 'lycra lout'!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'm very cynical about the concept of the 'bicycling politician'. Maybe my scepticism goes back to the days of Quintin Hogg (aka lord Hailsham - anyone remember him?). I just smell insincerity. If I'm being unfair to say this - so be it.
As for RLJ-ing - well I don't believe anyone does it 'by mistake'. At least, not habitually and without apology. For most RLJers, this is a deliberate act, whether through ignorance of, or contempt for, the law. Neither of which is a defence against prosecution.