There are no politicians that are immune to cowardice, especially when the focus groups tell you that you are pissing of women voters.
John Key and Steven Joyce know this…it is why they won’t bash up unions…coz the focus groups say they need to be nicer.
In the UK raising the speed limit hasÂ experiencedÂ a speed bump for the same reason.
Ministers have abandoned plans to introduce a new 80mph speed limit on Britain’s motorways amid fears the change would alienate women voters.
Patrick McLoughlin, the Transport Secretary, is determined to make road safety a greater priority and has voiced reservations about implementing the 80mph proposal he inherited when he took over the role last year.
He has now indicated that the plans have effectively been dropped and said that a change to the speed limit was “not a priority”.
Experts have said the only way of enforcing the higher speed limit would be to install cameras to monitor average speeds on all motorways, which could prove extremely costly.
A recent poll has also indicated that 40 per cent of women believe the speed limit should remain at 70mph.Â Read more »