Highly regarded cycle store Velorution has posted something bizarrely horrible and horribly bizarre on their widely-read Velorution cycling blog. It's a hard to follow rant that seems to be slamming immigrant communities for driving badly and not understanding cyclists, also slamming the traffic police for being from the Essex suburbs and not doing enough for those on two wheels.
Trying to sum it up to save Londonist's lovely readers from wading through the original on the Velorution blog, the quite shockingly bad prose is difficult: it starts off with observations about Euro 2008 becoming a beacon of international and diplomatic harmony, then veers off wobbling into denigrations of Africans, Jews, South Asians, Cockneys and anyone who drives a car with tinted windows (we know that doesn't exclude the Chinese entirely but we're kind of tickled to think that it's only the Chinese with tinted windows who are bringing down the country. Those with normal windows escape the incoherent wrath of the blogger). Australians and Poles are also somehow designated model drivers by omission.
Towards the end of the short but remarkably virulent blog post, the blogger then crashes spectacularly into a heap of 'go back to where you came from' sentiments, harnessing the gaffe-prone Mayor of London as mouthpiece, as if that makes comments like these acceptable. They're not, not when uttered by Boris Johnson, not when typed up for a shop's blog.
While we are avoiding any direct quotes from the blog post because we just don't want any here on our site, it's worth quoting this: "It is a matter of raising standards, by getting rid of those who lower them." We can't agree more: let's start with the world of blogging... time to take this down, no?
With thanks to our reader NS for the link. Image courtesy of ro_jo_sul from the Londonist Flickr pool.