Yes it’s Eric “Rubber Knickers” Pickles. This is our wonderful Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, who apparently thinks you need to wear “Rubber Knickers” (wtf?) to ride a bicycle. and thinks the whole idea of him riding a bike is ridiculous. Maybe he ought to try it sometime if even David Cameron is taking the piss out of his weight.
Now, if you are a regular visitor to this blog, you will know that “Rubber knickers” are most definitely not a prerequisite for riding a bicycle. The only time in my life I’ve ever had to don a pair was as part of the uniform for a bar job, which incidentally included a skirt so short it left virtually nothing to the imagination. The cycle shorts (which happened to be a fashion at the time) were a management concession to the complaints from female staff about the sexist uniform!
If you listen to the interview it quickly becomes clear that the man isn’t the sharpest pencil in the box. His reasoning for lifting the limits in city centre parking provision on new developments is that this just means that people park on the street. However, he hasn’t the imagination to realise that increasing parking provision won’t stop this - all that will happen is that people will continue to do this as well as utilise the extra space. Effectively this will increase car use.