British Grand Prix 2012. A lesson in not being a moron.
by, 7th July 2012 at 12:02 PM (4491 Views)
Right, I've had it. I've had it up to my eyeballs with the media and countless thousands of moronic sheep whining about the Grand Prix currently.
"OMG we can't get in!" "We can't park" and "It's ALL SILVERSTONE'S FAULT".
Why do people get a bit annoyed (understandable tbh) then after seeing someone else's annoyance, automatically attach to their state of mind and change from a sensible human being into a mindless moronic sheep. Sheeple.
Some thoughts for anyone who moans or thinks about moaning.
1. Consider exactly how much money Silverstone will lose, refunding all those unused tickets for yesterday and today. That's a hell of a lot of money, especially when you consider that
2. Silverstone is one of the few Grand Prix circuits in the world with NO GOVERNMENT FINANCIAL BACKING. It runs entirely on it's own merit, with it's own organisation and as it's own entity. And it succeeds the majority of the time. But sometimes, bad things happen. Like
3. Extreme weather conditions. People are CONSTANTLY blaming Silverstone for the weather. The majority of car parking is on grass. Oddly enough, we have a bit of a bad week with that so the majority of said parking is either damn soggy or the bottom of a pond. The same goes for some of the camp sites. Some things just can't be helped. Silverstone are looking for more major investment to tackle problems just like this. It's often said that they've spent all the money on extra stands but no parking or better traffic management when it's just not right. Stands cost nothing in the grand scheme of things. Roads and car parks however are something else.The traffic management around Silverstone is excellent in normal conditions but there's a lot to take into consideration should we have problems like this year.
You can't just concrete over a few fields for the sake of 3 days a year. You can't build the sort of road system capable of what we have to handle this year just in case it rains heavily or some other problem causes people to have to be turned away. You can't offer to put people up in hotels because the risk they're taking to camp didn't pay off.
The problems are down to 2 things. Media and People. Media crosses both - idiotic newspaper and website articles spouting Daily Mail levels of panic. Social Media transcends the gap between people and media, and when people turn into sheeple, Social Media is the platform to which they take their usually wrong opinion. Twitter and Facebook are both full of absolute idiots currently uttering rubbish like
"Silverstone should lose the GP for this"
"They should have seen this coming, it's Britain after all"
"Donnington would have done it better"
Not one of these people has actually THOUGHT about what they've said before saying it, and as a result each and every single one of them looks stupid.
So, considering the conditions, Silverstone are pulling out all the stops to make sure people are safe and the race goes ahead. With the right amount of planning, the majority of people will still be able to see it without a problem. But if you can't think, you can't plan.
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