Nanny's local councils, much like Nanny herself, are desperate to raise cash. Their bloated defined benefit pensions schemes and high payroll costs for their executive teams are bleeding the local taxpayers dry.
However, council tax alone is not enough to quench local councils' thirst for money, they need another source.
Enter stage left "Fines".
Fines are a brilliant way for local councils to raise extra cash, all they have to do is to make something illegal then watch as the money rolls in from the fines that their "enforcement" officers impose.
One of the latest new "illegal" activities invented by Nanny is that of overfilling your bin, as Gareth Corkhill of Copeland in Cumbria recently found to his cost.
Mr Corkhill has a wheelie bin which is only emptied once a fortnight by his local council, as such it gets rather full and the lid does not shut.
As we all know, in Nanny's Britain, a non shutting lid is a "no no" and exposes the offender to a fine.
Last summer two of Nanny's enforcement officers, wearing stab proof vests, arrived at his home. They issued him with a £110 on-the-spot fine for failure to close the lid of his wheelie bin.
Mr Corkhill did not pay that fine.
The result being that he has just been taken to court and ordered to pay £210 plus a £15 victim surcharge to help victims of violence (note there was no violence in this case), in addition to the fines he has also been given a criminal record.
His local council, Copeland in Cumbria, said that Mr Corkhill's family had caused problems for "the battle to reduce waste".
Nanny is using the criminal law to shore up her crumbling finances. Once the government/state goes down that path, you know the country's farked!
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