“There is no doubt that, with increased clout, The Greens will push for lessened access to some of the areas that are now regularly used by trail bike riders and four wheel drivers.”
Isn’t it refreshing to see the Covid Travelling Circus wobbling its tired way out of town. Yeah, it’s about public health, I know it makes sense. It’s certainly a bunch better than putting your cue in the rack, so I best suck it up. Or not.
I’m about to get a little political here, so if you are at all against that, Go Directly To Spannerman, Do Not Collect $200. My guess though, is most of us feel pretty much the same way, in varying degrees. The good thing is, I’m pretty much equi-disgusted with the entire cast of Politics, the Musical, so they’ll all get a bit. Oh yes, there’s enough brow-frown for all sides of Australian politics.
Let’s serve up The Greens.
It’s nice to see that the Greens have arrived at a point that sees them rid of those itchy jumpers they used to wear. You know, the ones that look like the maker had sat directly behind the sheep and knitted from the fleece. A sort of ‘knit-one, dag-one’ arrangement.
These days The Green people wear ill-fitting suits and drive Prius’. They are just as uncomfortable, slightly more bewildered and still just as vague.
The main difference is there is no longer one there for whom you hold a secret hankering. I remember coming over all anti-nuclear back in 1977 when I discovered lacey little Annie Harris. My political stances were almost totally based upon their effects on my chances of tearing one off.
Nowadays, there are no little cuties that, with a shower, could come up. And I’ve grown up to resemble a nasty industrial accident, so it’s a moot point anyway.
Back to the politics. ‘Hurrah’, I hear you say…
I guess the Greens have a few good things to say, the environment does need a bit of a watchdog, that’s more than fair. Let the other mobs loose, and it’d be chainsaws at ten paces.
My real worry is that they will push for more land closures, as they have done in the past.
The Greens hate trail bikes – it’s as simple as that. Mainly because they were never shown a good time as youngsters, they’ve never seen a spanner and it’s very hard to ride a trail bike in front of a terrace house, three easy kilometres’ bicycle from the Central Beluga District of one of our major cities.
There is no doubt that, with increased clout, The Greens will push for lessened access to some of the areas that are now regularly used by trail bike riders and four wheel drivers. Some of it will be warranted, after all, there are sensitive issues at stake – pristine environment preservation, endangered flora and fauna, erosion, salinity… Yep, I get all that.
Anyone that has spent time in forests in Europe will tell you that trail riding is all but verboten over there and motorcyclists salivate when told of what we get up to over here.
‘Hey The Greens’. You listening? Trail riders are not going away (unlike Donald Trump, who, thank goodness, is). The simple fact is, riders want to use their bikes, and track closures often result in overcrowding of adjoining areas. Riders simply move, until there is too many of them. That’s when you start to see real land degradation – all caused by track closures.
So… The Greens. A bit like an unstable relative that you love. You are glad they are there, but you know if you take your eye off them for one second they’ll wander off and cause trouble in the neighborhood.
Right. Now… I wonder if time has been good to little Annie Harris. I’m still just as happy to drop all principle in the tiny hope of getting one away. Can you hire dreadlocks…?
See ya, Snaggy.
Snag’s career in motoring journalism spans 29 years with stints at major bike mags Australian Road Rider, Motorcycle Trader and AMCN along with contributions to just about every other outlet worth a hill of beans. He was editor of Unique Cars magazine and hosts his legendary podcast ‘Snag Says’ when he gets off his date.