A householder has been left with a £225 bill and a criminal conviction after over-filling his bin.
There was a time when we were largely a law abiding nation. The implicit deal was that there weren\’t that many laws which we had to obey and there was great social pressure upon people to obey them. A criminal conviction was, for example, a badge of shame for a large percentage of the population.
That deal rather breaks down when there are now a myriad of trivial things for which you can indeed gain a criminal conviction.
The 26-year-old claims that the bin was overfilled by four inches, although the council says it was "more like six".
Over-filling a bin….
A spokesman for Copeland council said Mr Wilson-Corkhill had been issued with an extra-large bin. "What we have to get across to people is that central government is asking us to reach strict targets on recycling. If we don\’t achieve them, we will be heavily fined."
That spokesman says more than he actually means there. For it is indeed the central government which insists upon these absurdities: the one in Brussels. It is they who insist that we should not use the simplest and most efficient method of waste disposal, landfill, and that we must meet absurd, costly and entirely counter-productive recycling targets.
Our provincial government at Westminster has nothing to do with it.
Can we leave yet?