Telegraph commenters want cyclists killed

Cool black guy on a Brompton 1

Predictably, one of the comments on Andrew Gilligan’s Telegraph piece on last night’s Spectator’s debate (‘Cyclists are a menace…’) was about cyclists not paying ‘road tax’.

“Who are the rudest and least safe road users? Why, the non road-tax paying cyclists, that’s who.”
utrinque1951

But then the comments started to take a morbid turn and you have to wonder whether anybody is moderating the Telegraph article comments system.

“It is time for pedestrians literally to hit back. Let us organize a push-a-cyclist-off-a-pavement-under-a-bus day. No jury would convict.”
Junius

“‘The number of people killed per year by cyclists averages less than one. The number of cyclists killed per year by motor vehicles is around 120.’ You are right. That is a ratio we need to work on.”
Shocker

The ones above were hateful in the extreme but, let’s be charitible, this final one is possibly just advocating cyclists get a surprise soaking rather than suggesting two-wheelers should be drowned:

“Pedestrians belong on the pavement; motorists on the road; cyclists in the canal.”
Terence Patrick Hewett

  • http://twitter.com/JobySp Joby Poby

    A quick search for “Terence Patrick Hewett” on Google brings up the following comment… Take heed of the last 2 lines of the last paragraph:

    One may postulate that at the first instant of the creation of the Cosmos, that all things possible were implicit in the variables of the Laws of Physics. However we haven’t quite worked out what those laws are: Quantum Mechanics does not equate with Classical Mechanics which in turn does not equate with Relativity. Whether Darwin was right or wrong doesn’t enter into the argument of whether there is a God or not. The people that say they have the answer to this question are divided into two categories 1, the Deists and 2, the Atheists.

    They both display what is called “Faith”. They have Faith because neither of them can prove it one way or the other. The bad news is that the answer is not likely to come soon. So my message to all you Atheists and Religious out there,intent on scratching each others eyes out: try and display a little more tolerance and understanding towards your fellow man. The world would be such a nicer place.

  • http://www.quickrelease.tv carltonreid

    Thanks. So, he uses his own name (it appears). Good for him. As he promotes tolerance, let's give him the benefit of the doubt on this one: he meant 'soaking' not 'drowning'. I hope.

  • vic bates

    how typical of the tolerant people of this country to voice such bile. if you said the same thing about any race or religon you would be arrested. a good reason not to buy these chip wrappers.

  • http://www.quickrelease.tv carltonreid

    That would be digital chip wrappers, Vic! All the comments were online
    only. Surely such comments would never make it into print?

  • http://twitter.com/JobySp Joby Poby

    Lets hope so :)

  • http://twitter.com/jobysp Joby Poby

    Lets hope so :)

  • terence patrick hewett

    Yes lads it is my own name: the cyclists post which you have so kindly quoted was my little joke; I still think it’s funny.

  • terence patrick hewett

    Yes lads it is my own name: the cyclists post which you have so kindly quoted was my little joke; I still think it’s funny.