We’re in interesting times, that’s for sure. The idea of ‘banning’ pre-1997 cars from Paris fills me with dread on so many levels. It’s a city that has a great number of older cars still in regular service, and if nothing else, I can see the result being a whole raft of Renault 5s, Twingos and Citroen BXs being lost to the Scrappage schemes that are inevitably going to be introduced in the coming months. I’m of the opinion as a Francophile and a regular visitor to Paris – often in old cars – that this will be a bigger deal for Parisians than the powers-that-be think. Especially in the current mood of militancy that’s sweeping across our near-neighbour. Rather like the FBHVC, Greg Knight and the AA, I suspect that our legislators will be more sensible – and that all cars registed as ‘Historic’ and that are 40 years and older will probably be exempted from future initiatives. Even in Oxford. Having said that, it does feel like we’re having our freedoms messed with, and that’s something that any government will do at its peril. Especially in what will be an election year.