It's Monday morning folks, and you know that that means don't you?
Yes, that right, it's time once again for my prestigious "Prats of The Week" Award.
This week's award goes to...yes, you've a guessed it....a local council!
How terribly predictable.
Isn't it about time that these failed bodies were put out of our misery once and for all, and a totally new system devised for local governance that is efficient, cost effective and accountable?
FYI, re "accountable" see what my local council (Croydon) has been up to with a property developer (CATARENA)
Anyhoo, I digress, the winners this week are two councils Blackburn and Darwen Council, who recently moved to smash a sinister counterfeit note operation that had been uncovered in Blackburn and Darwen.
Tow stores in the the towns had been discovered holding large stocks of counterfeit notes.
Very vigilant of the councils, I hear you say.
Unfortunately, there is one small fly in their oinkment. The notes were five, £10, £20 and £50, and were sold at four for a pound.
So far so good.
But.......The notes had the Queen's head replaced with a variety of pictures including Dr Who, David Beckham, Winnie the Pooh to Elvis and the Beatles.
Can you see the problem here?
Yes, that's right, the notes were novelty notes not counterfeits.
That didn't deter Nanny, her chums in the trading standards department insisted that the cash' could be mistaken for real money; and that it was a breach of the law to re-produce bank notes without the permission of the Bank of England.
The owner of store in Darwen from when they were taken, the Mega Pound Store, said there was no way it could be mistaken for real cash and that the "funny money" had been popular with children.
"It's just funny money.
You can easily tell the difference
between these novelty notes and real ones.
We bought them in good faith and
they were a cracking line.
The kids loved them.
It's just political correctness gone mad.
There's no point arguing because
I am not going to get them back.
The guy I bought them from can't understand
why they are illegal."
Trading standards officers are still investigating the source of the notes, and are yet to decide whether to take further action.
Surely there are more important issues to address?
Congrats to Blackburn and Darwen Council for their well deserved award!