If its got tits or tyres it’ll be trouble

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 has?experienced?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.?

Philip Hammond, the former Transport Secretary who advocated the move to a higher speed limit at the Conservative Party conference in 2011, said that the limit would benefit the economy by hundreds of million pounds due to faster journey times.

As part of the ministry’s commitment to “end the war on motorists”, Mike Penning, the former Roads Minister, announced last May that he would set up trials of the 80mph limit on parts of the motorway network.

His successor, Stephen Hammond, told a motoring forum only last week that plans for the 80mph limit were still on track.

However Patrick McLoughlin, the Transport Secretary, indicated to The Times that the plans had been dropped.

“Look that’s not a priority, to be absolutely honest,” he said. “You would have to do trials in certain areas so it’s not something that’s a high priority.”

A source close to the Transport Secretary said: “This is not going to happen with Patrick McLoughlin as Transport Secretary. Safety is paramount to him and his view of how to run the roads and he would not be confident about how you would do it.”

It is understood Downing Street is wary of raising the limit amid fears of alienating women drivers.

A survey of 13,000 drivers for the AA found that 53 per cent of women are in favour of a 80mph limit while 73 per cent of men favour the change.

Some 41 per cent of women think the speed limit should remain at 70mph.

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