I am fucking furious. Julia Hartley-Brewer is an idiot typically ill informed.

This afternoon I saw on twitter that LBC were doing a bit of cycling bashing. So I thought I would listen in, at no point would I have thought that I would get this angry about the presenter, callers or even the cyclist that phoned in.

When they started by stating numerous times (the ill-informed Julia Hartley Brewer and callers alike) that car drivers pay to use the roads so should have exclusive use of them, I was hoping for ANYONE to point out that Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) does not pay for the roads, but roads are paid for by regular taxation, so I do pay for the roads, even if I don’t have a car or a bike. Check ipayroadtax.com for more details on that, but safe to say they are wrong. I did call in but unfortunately LBC didn’t call me back.

And MOTs, licenses and registration plates for cyclists is a useless suggestion, considering the police struggle and pretty much fight a losing battle against motorists who drive without insurance, how the hell do you expect this to be enforced. If anyone has any ideas I’d love to know.  Before anyone mentions insurance, I have third party insurance on my bike, although I would never expect to use it.

Next, callers were virtually threatening cyclists. I don’t remember his name but the driver that said of cyclists “I’ve hit one before and would do it again. If they’re in my way I’ll run them down.” WHAT THE FUCK. I guess it says something that the caller drives a BMW but I wish he had given his number plate so I can avoid him altogether. And report him to the police if he tries to use his car as a weapon.

Cyclists that “wear lycra and think they’re professional cyclists” should dismount and use a footbridge (as suggested by a caller) is bollocks. We have a right to use the road and when we are traveling at a fair speed, why should we sacrifice journey time by minutes when we would only hold up cars for a few seconds, most of the time.

To the cyclist who is the only one who doesn’t break the highway code and thinks other cyclists (and I think he included the LCC in the statement) are arrogant scum is living in his own little world, I see hundreds of cyclists every year that are fine cyclists and don’t jump lights and so on.

And as for the presenter I don’t remember the complete build up, but saying that if you kill a cyclist you should be the one people feel for is pathetic, you come across as a selfish cow. You have no more right to use the road than a cyclist, and while I can’t remember the incident as you described it, I do remember thinking you did not have right of way, so it would have been your fault. Maybe you can email me at matt@mattbee.co.uk to explain it again, because I now simply believe you to be a danger to myself and other cyclists for not even knowing the highway code.

I am very sorry that LBC couldn’t call me back so that I could defend cyclists and point out their errors, ask why they think the aggressive behaviour of some motorists is acceptable and why a 4 year old case has brought the fact that a cyclist could kill a pedestrian into the media spotlight when hundreds (or thousands) of cyclists AND pedestrians are seriously injured by motor vehicles all the time (no pedestrian deaths in the last 4 years involving a cyclist hitting a pedestrian, there have been 3 people killed by cars or lorries in the past 2 weeks!).

And don’t get me started on Advanced Stop Lines (ASLs)… when will drivers/motorcyclists get punished for entering those I wonder.

64 thoughts on “I am fucking furious. Julia Hartley-Brewer is an idiot typically ill informed.

  1. She likes to think of herself as a foil for the likes of that Ed Balls bloke “oh – we are old adversaries” and that Bob Crowe union guy who she thinks she’s being “tough” with. She’s a joke. Slow down and engage brain may help. If she doesn’t like someone’s opinion she just talks over them.

  2. She has nothing but utter contempt for those less well of than she is and loves a topic based on the majority of an opinion just so she can make a radio show about it ….She has no idea about anything she claims to know about and I find her condescending, rude, patronising, arrogant, snooty, the list is endless but most of all I find her fake and disingenuous. Nuff said!

  3. Oh and if she had her way poor low paid people would be kept exactly where they are! Know your place lower classes!!! Be told! JHB has spoken! (shite as usual)!

  4. Agree with your comments but… Chiiiilllllaaaxxxx!!!
    The likes of JHB simply thrive on people getting angry and reacting, that’s what makes her story.
    It’s reprehensible, however, to be anything other than respectful to all road users and constantly conscious of their wellbeing.

  5. Yesterday she was again slagging off people that like to cycle-cos they get in they way of people that want to use the roads!!!! All to do with this weekends cycle London event. By her reckoning we should have a day in London where we ban cycles, because of the inconvenience the event will cause to people trying to get on with their everyday lives.
    OK by this logic we should also have a day where we ban people that use their feet to get around because of the London marathon!!
    She is ‘fed up’ with these events causing people inconveniences. OK Julia, lets not ever have any event in our capital city so we can all just live our mundane lives were nothing exciting or out of the ordinary ever happens.
    She reckons cyclists just get in the way of motorists, well Julia motorists get in the way of motorists. Every single person on the road hinders my path from A to B but hey, Im in the way of everybody else too. Its just the way it is Julia get over yourself and remove your head from your backside. Also stop pretending to be on the side of the working class, what the hell do you know what its like to be working class, your double barrelled surname is enough of a clue about what colour spoon was in your mouth when you were born.
    What do we have to do to get this woman off the radio, cant we do a partition or something?

  6. I couldn’t agree more! She is absolutely boring. What I hate most of all is how she plays at being the big tough “serious political journo”. Wafer thin (and I’m talking only about her intellect).

  7. Julia is one of the most idiotic presenters on LBC, she is able to disguise her stupidity with her eloquence and thus comes across as an artiqulate fool. Her logic of various issues are baffling at times and i am quite sure she was only put on the radio to piss people off.

  8. She’s been discussing university fees today – which is her opportunity to remind everyone that she went to Oxford and to take the piss out of “degrees in lawn mowing” as she calls them – ie education that is not recognised by her. (She did politics!)

  9. JULIA IS SUCH AN ISLAMAPHOB. CAN’T STAND HER. IT IS BECAUSE OF HER I HAVE STOPPED LISTENING TO LBC.

  10. And LBC is a load of fucking wank as well. They’re all tossers as far as I’m concerned.
    The bicycle is one of the greatest inventions ever.

  11. Today Julia has been saying “extraordinary” every other word. It must be her word of the day

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