Tuesday, January 03, 2006
At this time of year, as the tinsel and the tree begins to droop, we all need a little something to cheer us up.
That's why God created the Smooth Talking Bar Steward, Nanny's special little court jester.
Dear old John has seen our torpor and depression, and decided to cheer us all up with his special little scheme for keeping council tax records up to date.
The Smooth Talking Bar Steward has advised council tax inspectors to use "spy in the sky" satellite cameras to snoop on people's homes; to see if they have added extensions, conservatories and sheds that could boost the value of their property.
Dear old John plans to use these pictures as part of his revaluation of homes across England.
Country homes will be at particular risk from the technology. According to an official handbook for inspectors:
"Aerial photographs are particularly effective in rural areas where improvements are hard to see from the road."
Thanks John, that really cheered us all up!