David Kirkpatrick

June 27, 2008

Nanny state in action — UK style

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 12:31 am

Really there’s so much to choose from when writing about nanny statism in the United Kingdom, but this story is pretty special. Insane government overreach? Check. Outlandish fines? Check. Mind-numbingly vapid and inane target for the regulation? Check.

From the article:

The citizens of Whitehaven try, really they do. They separate out their cans, their paper, their cardboard and their glass, and they recycle them all. They compost. They jump up and down on their trash to cram it into their government-issued garbage cans, and they put the trash out for collection at exactly 7 a.m., twice a month.

But when Gareth Corkhill, a bus driver, was fined $215 — and given a further $225 fine and a criminal record when he failed to pay — for leaving his garbage can lid slightly ajar this spring, Whitehaven’s residents banded together in dismay. They raised the money to pay the fine, and they began to complain.

 

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