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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Prats of The Week - Plymouth City Council

Prats of The WeekWell done Plymouth City Council for winning this week's "Prats of The Week" Award.

Russell Burt, aka the "Owl Man", had been walking his feathered friends around Plymouth on his shoulder for almost 10 years without any mishaps.

However, the lump heads in the council recently banned him from doing so, lest the owls "run amok".

Has anyone ever seen an owl "run amok"?

How often do I get to use the word "amok"?

I really must use it more often!

Anyhoo, there was a public outcry and Mr Burt received overwhelming support for his owl walking. The council were trashed in the media, and by local residents.

Can you guess what happened next children?

Yes, that's right, the council back tracked (because they are a bunch of spineless knobheads, who hadn't any real justification for banning the owl walking) and have now allowed Mr Burt to walk his owls (aside from near busy roads).

Plymouth City Council, well deserving Prats of The Week!

I believe they are a Tory council, yes?

By the way, how come owls can be banned but pit bulls can't?

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  1. Little Hitlers that work in councils (I refuse to call them officers)have a need to flex their muscles and stop people from doing things they get pleasure from....This may be out of jealousy or envy, or maybe, just because they can. Shine the light of publicity onto these faceless cretins and they usually back down.
    Again, the political hue of the council is not important, as these decisions and policies are made by the unelected, unaccountable people employed by the authority; the elected councillors are merely there to rubber stamp the policies and to carry the can when it goes wrong.....A small scale version of the EU in fact. The backroom cretins will tell our elected reps that they must back a policy, even if they hate it, inorder to comply with diktats from central Nanny of Euro Nanny.

    Running Amok is something I know about as it is in my field, unlike tax matters;-).....
    Running Amok is seen mainly in South East Asia; it is an outburst of aggressive behaviour following a depressive episode....The patient literally "Runs Amok" (Amok being the Malay word meaning to engage furiously in battle)
    and usually the situation only ends when the patient is killed by others or kills himself, having usually killed many other beforehand.......Sounds like a crazy owl to me;-)

    Taking a leaf out of Gary's book, I would need to ask the Hi-Viz clad jobsworth just which law they are trying to enforce in order to stop me carrying my owl on my shoulder....Then tell them to go away in short, jerky movements.

    Say NO to Hi-Viz.
    Just laugh at Hi-Viz.

  2. Mouseman10:53 AM

    Speaking as someone who likes to take his field mice for a walk along the streets of Plymouth, I would like to say how dismayed I was that the local council reversed their decision to ban the owls.

  3. Lord of Atlantis11:03 AM

    A well-deserved award! These are owls for goodness sake, not pteradactyls or rocs! I wonder whether these jobsworths are as meticulous in banning vicious dogs from being paraded in public places (often with no lead) terrorising the public? I bet they aren't, either being too spineless or because they don't want to trample on yobs' human rights!

    Tonk: you said, "...The backroom cretins will tell our elected reps that they must back a policy, even if they hate it, inorder to comply with diktats from central Nanny of Euro Nanny."

    And does this not show that our so-called 'elected representatives' are anything but, and have as much backbone as a jellyfish! If they had ANY principles at all, they'd tell these backroom cretins to "take a running jump", when they 'suggest' the sort of lunacy they seem to thrive on! I certainly would!

  4. As Tonk says, the political hue of the council is not important. My great uncle was a Tory councillor in the 1950s and 60s. Even back then he had problems with what he described as "jumped up little twerps full of their own self-importance". His theory was that when a party was ousted at an election, its minions in the lower ranks were left behind. They would then do whatever they could to cause grief for the new council by subterfuge and downright sabotage. If this meant being obnoxious jobsworths then so be it, that is exactly what they would do.

  5. Disgusted, Tunbridge Wells5:30 PM

    Does Plymouth have any wild owls? If so how do the Council Gauleiters propose to stop them running amok? Indeed, have they ever run amok?

  6. Uncle John7:09 PM

    Disgusted asks about 'wild' owls.

    Surly enny fule noe that ALL 'wild animals' are inherently perfectly safe, and cause NO Elfin-safe-tea problems?

  7. The one glimmer of hope for the citizens of Plymouth is that there is someone employed by their council who actually knows the word 'amok' and is prepared to use it albeit about a hapless owl.

    BTW Ken, at the end of the year, you could go through all the 'Prats of the Week' you've awarded, and we could vote for 'Prat of the Year'. Just a thought.