It really is ridiculous that a little bit of snow can bring this country to a grinding halt. The other day I criticised the spirit of people who give up at the slightest suggestion that things may be a little difficult, but that was a little unfair. What is apparent is that, despite the adverse weather, most people are doing their damnedest to get to and from work. Unfortunately, they are having to do so without the option of public transport.
This is the real problem; not the spirit of the people, but the attitude of public services - particularly those who run public services. I expect half the problem is the fear of litigation. It doesn't seem that long ago to me that we used to laugh at the way they used to sue at the drop of a hat in the USA - now we're even worse here.
It took me almost five hours to drive home yesterday evening. All the roads were icy as hell and not one of them had been gritted - but I've driven in far worse conditions and never experienced anything like that amount of gridlock before. I can remember driving my old Riley Elf in worse and even riding a motorbike in more difficult conditions. I wasn't one of those fair weather bikers - my bike used to be my main form of transport and I can perfectly recall those days when I'd climb off frozen stiff by half an inch of snow and ice caked to my front!
But I always got to where I was going. Maybe it's the cars? Cars today are more powerful and loaded with driver aids that, although they make cars easier to drive, tend to disconnect the driver from the road - particularly power steering.
I don't know, but I do know that other countries cope OK in far worse conditions. It's actually rather embarrassing that Britain struggles so at these times and I really don't understand why.
Perhaps it's just symptomatic of the way our country is run?