Down with this sort of thing.
We are on an extended holiday – hence the relative radio silence – but while idling on a beach this morning we couldn’t help ourselves from pressing the ‘write new post’ button after reading about Gabriela Firea’s latest amazing idea.
Firea, you will recall, was recently elected mayor of the Romanian capital and has set about making her mark by proposing a number of interesting and not without merit measures. The most talked-about so far has been her plan to make public transport free. We wrote about that here.
Yesterday, Firea decided (while no doubt being ever-so-slightly delayed in her large, air-conditioned SUV) that Bucharest was being crippled at weekends by an ever-increasing number of sporting and cultural events for which – heavens forbid! – some streets have to be closed to traffic.
Weekend road closures for marathons (pictured above), semi-marathons, Street Delivery, Fit-in-the-Street, Femei pe Matasari, rock and pop concerts and various parades are apparently far too great an inconvenience for the sacred drivers of Bucharest to cope with. They must have the right to drive where they like, when they like. Everything else is clearly secondary to their interests. As such, Firea wants a ban on all so-called ‘weekend activities’ (her words) from the city centre.
Quite how this fits in with her statement earlier in the week that Bucharest should become a European centre of sport and culture is beyond us.
What it does suggest is that joined-up thinking will not be a feature of her administration.