On Friday 25 January we will be celebrating Burns Night in memory of the Scottish bard and homespun philosopher. He spoke many a true word, oft in jest. Many of his observations are just as valid today as they were in the latter part of the 18th century.
Following your report on the UK's infrastructure (NCE 6 December 2001), I think the following verse from Burns is very apt:
'Epigram on Rough Roads' (Between Kilmarnock and Stewarton) I'm now arrived, thanks to the gods! - Thro' pathways rough and muddy.
A certain sign that making roads Is not this people's study:
And tho' I'm not with scripture crammed, I'm sure the Bible says That heedless sinners shall be damned Unless they mend their ways !
Highways Agency and those responsible for our nation's roads should take note of this timely warning !
Douglas McBeth, DMcBeth@acredale. demon.