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Why do most drivers appear to have got their licences from a Christmas Cracker?
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In Israel the problem with most of the drivers is not that they do not know now how to drive - on the contrary they know better than anyone (including those set up traffic rules/signs)... And of course their time is much more valuable than anybody's life...
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I don't think that applies only to Israel. If you want to see really bad driving, then take a trip to Bangalore. My first taxi ride from airport to hotel convinced me that the driver wanted my death on his hands. But here in the UK (at least in the South East) things are pretty grim in the rush hour.
So just imagine if you lived somewhere with a warmer climate - and the road was slick with compressed slush and/or "black ice"[^]. The latter is dangerous even when walking as it is often quite invisible. That "had near-death experince" would likely be "had yet another near-death experience". All of them are excellent drivers - just ask them.
Here (alas, not just locally), stopping for red-lights, stop-signs, and generally using signals is, apparently optional. Particularly so for SUV drivers - must be part of the warranty or something.
Many years ago (but well within my lifetime) an English acquaintance of mine spent some years in Jamaica. There they taught themselves to "drive", and acquired a driving license (which involved filling in a form and paying a fee, nothing else). On their return to the UK the DVLA (or whatever it was at the time) was quite happy to accept their Jamaican license as proof they could drive, and issued a full UK license with no need for a test. (As it happens, they were pretty good drivers, fortunately).
I don't know if such arrangements still exist, but I suspect they - or very similar - still do
We had similar issues starting in the 1990's with immigrants from the former Soviet Union, who came with driver's licenses that often proved nothing more than that they could afford to pay the fee. The Israeli Ministry of Transport then required everyone who immigrated to pass the full driver's test (written + practical) before converting a foreign license to an Israeli one.
(Israel is a signatory to the various international driver's license agreements, so most tourists can still use their foreign licenses in Israel.)
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The UK Government seems to be doing it's utmost to avoid using the word "passport", when discussing Covid Passports Covid Status Certificates - and I don't understand why. A passport, by definition, is something that provides you the freedom to travel, participate, enter, etc. That sounds like a good thing, to me!
Admittedly, those that oppose the whole idea, seem to have managed to hijack the word "passport" to imply it's bad. But do the Government think that, by using different words, no-one will realise what they are?
But do the Government think that, by using different words, no-one will realise what they are?
Not "no-one"... but many will miss the connection. Until the next meme does it's rounds to "educate" them that they are the same thing.
You seem to underestimate how stupid most people are. I mean, you even say yourself about the people that have been convinced that "passport" is bad. Gullible fools, and the governments know this well.
Gullible fools, and the governments know this well.
Basically what you say is correct, but this part needs some enhancement.
It's not just the government that knows they're gullible but those who have convinced them not to get vaccinated, not to wear masks, not to socially distance, and in some cases, know for sure that the government is trying to 'chip' them.
Hypothesis: those that get most if not all of their information via that electronic device that never leaves there hand have come to think of it as part of themselves, or, at least, their dearest friend that relieves their loneliness. In all things they trust it's certainty and unequivocal truth . . . basically a planet full of morons.