The cheap helmet strategy imposed in the early 90s masked government pandering to the oil lobby. Fatuously they discriminated against a whole group of transport users in a bid to appease the Big Polluters - and we let this outrageous infringement of civil liberties 'through to the keeper'.
Unsurprisingly this abuse of civil liberties has lead to inequality in terms of congestion and health:
* we are the fattest nation on the planet, and;
* we continue to eat ourselves into early graves.
But today we are witnessing resentment re-emerging, and the realisation that the roads are for sharing.