If there is an area in which an argument for more, not less, harmonisation of regulations across the European Union, it’s the one that can be made for a change that would give drivers the best possible guarantee that when they buy a car of four years and older is in a roadworthy condition.
FROM my earliest tree-climbing days, I believed I was equal to any boy and went out of my way as a young girl to prove it. Today, supposedly all grown up, my opinion remains unchanged and I continue to argue the fact if challenged.
In response to the behaviour of slum landlords, an audit of all rental property has been called for. This would be akin to the NCT test to determine the roadworthiness of cars. But it is not viable and would worsen the housing crisis.
So many of the weaknesses that undermine our way of doing things come together around housing, especially rented housing, that no matter how you try to infuse your Monday with a determination to walk on the sunny side of the street the scale of the challenge is so daunting that it cannot be ignored.