Motorist with clean(ish) record throws cyclist into road in front of an oncoming car risking life and limb, accepts responsibility. Police caution.
Non-motorist with clean record throws fire-extinguisher off high building risking life and limb, accepts responsibility. 2 years 8 months in prison
I fully understand the need to make examples and to make others think twice. Perhaps a little rebalancing of the criminal justice system to deter danger from motorists, though? I would settle for taking just one year off the student protester and giving it to the motorist who attacked me.
Postscript 14th January: My unease over the balance of our criminal justice system is not ameliorated by reading today that two protestors who tried unsuccessfully to talk their way into the staff entrance of Buckingham Palace armed with political banners were yesterday remanded in custody for a week.