[Perhaps, though, I could add that I replied saying what a nonsense the whole idea is. One of the reasons behind the proposal is to make the roads safer. I suggested reducing the speed limit even further - to 4 mph - and having a man with a red flag walk in front of each vehicle. I doubt that my sarcasm will have been well received.]
What really irritated me - apart from the fact that the proposal will almost certainly be put into practice regardless of the result of the several surveys - were the supplementary questions.
At the end of the survey come what are called "Equalities Monitoring Questions". These read:
- What age are you in years?
- What gender are you? (Male, female, other, prefer not to say)
- Do you identify as the gender you were assigned at birth? For people who are transgender, the gender they were assigned at birth is not the same as their own sense of their gender.
- How would you describe your ethnic origin? followed by 18 options plus "prefer not to say" (pnts)
- Which of the following best describes your sexual orientation? followed by 5 options plus "pnts"
- What is your religion or belief? followed by 13 options plus ptns
- Are your day-to-day activities limited because of a health problem or disability which has lasted, or is expected to last, at least 12 months?
- Are you a carer?
- Are you currently serving in the UK Armed Forces?
- Have you ever served in the UK Armed Forces?
- Are you a member of a current or former serviceman or woman's immediate family/household?
I answered "prefer not to say" to each of the questions, but I rather chuckled when somebody told me he just ticked any box at random.
There will be another red tape rant soon - I'm just deliberating how to answer the complicated questions in another "consultation".
Meanwhile, as the shadows grew eastwards on Saturday, the farmer was clearing the straw up on the Downs.