Sunday, 27 July 2008
The fine is the important thing
Yet again I read of a local council in full revenue collecting mode. This time it is Harringey council who fined a Muswell Hill shop owner £75 a bag for four bags of rubbish left out in black (residential) rather than grey (trade) bags. Apparently the fashion boutique manager said that officials burst into the shop in front of customers and accused her of committing a crime. The news that the council has backed down and dropped the fine does not really reassure me, we are living in times where the rule of law is diminishing across this Country but local councils are happy to concentrate on fining people for minor waste disposal infringements and parking fines, whilst the Police issue crime numbers for burglaries as they are only interested in speeding motorists.