Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Only Following Orders
How appropriate that on Remembrance Day, Nanny's minions fall back on a variation of that well worn phrase "I was merely following orders".
In Nanny's world the concept of there being a reasonable excuse for breaking her rules, and applying a little bit of common sense does not apply. So it was for the car owners, who temporarily parked their cars in Dispensary Walk Halifax this Sunday.
Nanny's ever so keen tax collectors, sorry I mean traffic wardens, were on patrol that morning and took no prisoners.
Drivers said that cars parked in Dispensary Walk were being issued with tickets during a two-minute silence to remember war dead at 1100 GMT on Sunday.
Malcolm Walker told BBC Radio Leeds he challenged a warden about the fines.
"I said, do you not realise why
these cars are actually parked here?
They've come to remember the fallen.
I said, could you not just go round
the corner for five minutes and cut them some slack?
And the woman just actually said,
'A, I'm doing my job, and B,
I didn't even know there was a parade on'.
And I said 'could you not hear the bugles playing
and the band marching?'
And she just looked at me totally blank."
A spokesman for Calderdale Council ignored the point about it being a special event.
"Residents living there are frequently
unable to park close to their own home
because of other motorists parking illegally
in their residents' parking area,
and this causes them a great deal of difficulty,
particularly if, for example,
they need to load or unload from their cars.
This is a regular ongoing problem for these residents,
not only a once a year event."
Rules are there to be enforced, no matter what the circumstances!