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Friday, March 21, 2008

Major Scandal Engulfs Leader of Opposition Party in UK

posted by on March 21 at 9:06 AM

A prominent British politician was caught—on tape!—breaking a series of… hymens? Ah, no. Traffic laws. While riding his bike to work. Who does he think he is? ECB?

Here’s the Telegraph on the scandal…

David Cameron has apologised after he was filmed apparently breaking a series of traffic rules while cycling to Westminster.

The Tory leader was photographed by the Daily Mirror, riding the wrong way up a one-way street, going the wrong way round a “Keep left” bollard, and crossing the white line at a red traffic light.

He was also seen riding across a toucan crossing for cyclists and pedestrians while the signal was red.

According to the paper, the incursions all occurred during Mr Cameron’s 30-minute bike ride from his home in Notting Hill, west London, to the House of Commons.

The pictures are an embarrassment for the Conservative leader, who has made much of his enthusiasm for cycling to underscore his “green” credentials.

The story is totally dominating today’s news cycle—get it?—in the UK. The BBC has the video.

Thanks to Slog tipper Karlheinz Arschbomber.

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Lieutenant Alfonso Byrne

Hometown: Bedford, UK

Died: June 11, 1900

Unit: 3rd (Militia Reserve), Bedfordshire

Incident: Eteric fever while serving at No.1 Depot Remount Department, Bloemfontein, South Africa, Boer War.

Posted by DW | March 21, 2008 9:09 AM

Toucan crossing???

Was he also videotaped picking the cherry bits out of his Froot Loops?

Posted by RonK, Seattle | March 21, 2008 9:17 AM

There are gasps of horror and monocles dropping into champagne glasses all over the British Isles.

Posted by JC | March 21, 2008 9:19 AM

Toucan crossing - yeah, bizarre isn't it. We also have zebra and pelican crossings.

Posted by blank12357 | March 21, 2008 9:21 AM

Oh, the indignity of it all! Now I shall be turned away from all future fox hunts! Yoiks!

Posted by PJ | March 21, 2008 9:22 AM

Wow. And I thought the media picked on our politicians for some lame shit.

Posted by Mike of Renton | March 21, 2008 9:31 AM

this seals it. cyclists are assholes.

Posted by some dude | March 21, 2008 9:32 AM

Cyclist arrogance knows no nationality.

Posted by tsm | March 21, 2008 9:33 AM

Are. You. Fucking. Kidding. Me?!?!?

Posted by NaFun | March 21, 2008 9:35 AM

Fox hunting was done away with years ago, more as an anti-gun thing than an anti-hunting thing. And to the great consternation of a considerable amount of the populace.

Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty | March 21, 2008 9:35 AM

The mayor of Chicago is an avid cyclist. Maybe if I follow Daley around with a video camera and catch him breaking traffic laws there will be a similar scandal here in the US? What do you think?

Posted by Julie | March 21, 2008 9:42 AM

He could never hang in Seattle unless he could simultaneously produce dirty looks.

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | March 21, 2008 9:42 AM

Can you imagine that being the biggest political scandal in the US?! Those Brits are doing just fine if you ask me. It'd be nice if our biggest scandal was something so benign.

Posted by Carollani | March 21, 2008 9:42 AM

Say what you will about American conservatives, but they'll never be caught breaking any laws while cycling or using transit.

Posted by MHD | March 21, 2008 9:48 AM


Posted by Kenny | March 21, 2008 9:59 AM

Off with his head!!!

Posted by G | March 21, 2008 10:11 AM

Saying "David Cameron was caught breaking traffic regulations on his bike" has a lot more impact than "some politician from britain was caught breaking traffic regulations on his bike."

This is really only of interest to people who know who david cameron is anyway, so there's no need to pander.

Or how bout "Tory leader" even?

Posted by John | March 21, 2008 10:39 AM

@12 - excellent point.

Posted by some dude | March 21, 2008 10:40 AM

@1 everything is fair game for you sloggers to make sport of eh? Your war monger leader Dan Savage advocates a war that he will never have to fight in and you guys think the resulting carnage is just something else to have a little fun with. You guys are the hipster version of Rush Limabaug's dittoheads.

Posted by ... | March 21, 2008 11:26 AM

Here you go sloggers! Have some fun with this. Frost in Wisconsin--riff on that!

Staff Sgt. Christopher S. Frost

Hometown: Waukesha, Wisconsin, U.S.

Age: 24 years old

Died: March 3, 2008 in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Unit: Air Force, 377th Air Base Wing, Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M.

Incident: Died in a crash of an Iraqi Army Mi-17 helicopter in Bayji.

Posted by fartf Poe | March 21, 2008 11:33 AM

I advocated, past tense. Me and Hillary both.

Posted by Dan Savage | March 21, 2008 11:43 AM

This is why having cameras everywhere in your society is a BAD idea ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | March 21, 2008 12:21 PM

All I can seem to think of here is Bill Hicks : "We're the hooligans...."

Posted by Wowza | March 21, 2008 7:32 PM

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