Tag: local politics

Ahhh, Brighton…!

A group of homeless men who have set up home on a golf course are threatening any intruders to their makeshift camp with legal action. Wha..? The men have been sleeping in archways on the pitch and putt course at…

Better Order More Kleenex For The Council Chambers!

Solicitors representing the Lap Dancing Association are arguing with Bournemouth council on what makes a performance ‘lewd’ or ‘stimulating’. Well, I guess it depends… Jeffrey Green Russell say the council’s current conditions, which will regulate For Your Eyes Only, Spearmint…

Permission must be sought for everything

I’ve occasionally had to defend Oz against charges that it’s turned into a nightmare bureaucracy cum fascist society where everything is either banned, compulsory or requires prior application in triplicate for the relevant licence. One day, maybe, but not yet.…

You Will Follow The Party Line Or Else!

A city councillor could be censured by Labour Party colleagues after backing the restoration of the death penalty. For having an opinion that differs from the party line? How very Soviet… … party officials said they were concerned that she…

No, This Is Not A ‘Reading Tax’…

…anymore than a speeding ticket is a ‘driving tax’: Children as young as one in Hampshire will be fined for overdue library books in a controversial move, branded a “reading tax” by critics. *sigh* This ‘tax’ doesn’t apply if you…

Good Fences Make Good Neighbours..?

A Rossendale primary school has become the subject of a public inquiry five years after blocking off its playing fields which were used as a village green. Wow, imaging the OUTRAGE! from the usual suspects if a local businessman had…

Will Oslo Cause A Rethink..?

Last week, council leader Liam Smith wrote to home secretary Theresa May asking her to ban “inflammatory” protests in Barking and Dagenham after an English Defence League protest against a planned mosque and community centre in Green Lane, Dagenham, escalated…

“Feed the birds, tuppence a bag…”

Ooooh, that Mary Poppins! She’s cruising for a hefty fine! Leaflets are to be sent to every house in Portsmouth telling people not to feed pigeons and seagulls. Portsmouth City Council’s environment department has come up with the scheme as…

Some Are More Equal Than Others…

Oxford City Council is consulting on plans to introduce parking charges at six city parks, with motorists facing charges of between 50p and £10. But the council says people working at its depot in Marsh Road can apply for free…

Risk

Such is the fear of getting sued in our increasingly litigious society that local and national authorities are moving heaven and earth to try and make things safe to all by ever more oppressive legislation to the point where they…