Do you remember Esther Rantzen and her Jobsworth Caps? A case has come to
light 2015 when two enforcement officers gave a fixed penalty to a 65 year old
woman because she poured her coffee down the drain. She paid up but Ealing
Council have apologised and refunded the fine. Fine; but why was the fine
issued anyway? I mean, come on; cops tip booze down the drain whenever they
find some kid under 18 drinking in a public place. Would they be issued with a
fixed penalty ticket? I doubt it very much! No, this case was two council
employees behaving like school yard bullies by picking and what they thought was
an elderly lady who would pay up without question. I would hope that they are
no longer employed by any council, let alone Ealing.
There are quite a few such jobs within councils where these ‘officers’
can raise fines against the public. Dog control officers are another one, but
who would object to them issuing a ticket for leaving doggie doo on the
pavement? Litter tickers I’ve already mentioned but the largest group are the
traffic wardens of course. Where does the council get the authority for these
people to fine people without the case going to court? What has happened to our
right to fair trial by our peers?
Even so, can you imagine the state of our towns and cities without these
people giving out those tickets? I live in Germany for around 18 months, Cyprus
for 15 months, and even in Kenya for eight weeks, I don’t remember seeing any litter
lying around. My three holidays in Mallorca I didn’t see all that much litter,
and certainly no dog mess. So why is it that these places are so clean and yet
some areas of our own country is such a mess most of the time. It could be that
it’s the minority of yobs that cause it, but why are they so lax in their
personal discipline? Is it that they have never heard to the word ‘No’ in a
meaningful manner? I wouldn’t be surprised.
Challenge anyone over an illegal act and all you get is the mouthful of
abuse. The last time it happened to me was when I saw a woman driving through
town while using her phone. She turned really nasty over it. Why? It was only
days after that trucker was jailed for killing those people in a car when he
was messing with his iPod. Another time I challenged a guy when he drove
through a no entry in town, parked up in a blue badge space. He told me to mind
my own business. So I did, and called the cops. Some of these people just don’t
like being told ‘no’. Tough luck on them.
Here I sat happily thinking Jan would be out until sometime this
afternoon, and then the doorbell does its normal dingdong twice in quick succession.
I always lock the door when I’m here on my own, but I forgot to take the key
out, and Jan wasn’t happy about it … opps. She had gone up to spend some time
with Sam, one of her church friends, but she isn’t too well right now, so she
is due to go back to bed for a few hours before the kids come home from school.
So Jan is now going to the hairdressers this afternoon from here, not after she
had been to Bed’th for a few hours.
Today’s photo …
This is an old photo I got when we lived in Atherton. I
sue it for the cover of my novel Web of Hate.
Today’s funny …
Waiter, waiter, do they ever
change the tablecloths in thls restaurant?
I don't know, sir. I've only been here a year.