This is a mad, mad land A friend of ours delivers Meals on Wheels to the old and infirm.

She drives a van, and she¶s in and out like the Eddystone Lighthouse. A woman approaches her and says, µYou are not wearing a seatbelt. I¶m a council official. Either pay a £60 fine on the spot or attend a Highway Code Course, immediately.¶ Out friend says, µI¶m not paying £60. And I can¶t attend a course, immediately, because I¶m delivering food to people.¶ The official says, µIf you don¶t go to the police station now, and attend a course, we¶ll stop you from driving.¶ Up against a brick -wall, our friend went to the police station. And this is the maddest bit. At the police station she had to wait in a massive queue of taxi drivers, van drivers, social workers and dozens of others who had been trying to do something useful before being grabbed by a jumped -up jobsworth and ordered to go on a worthless µcourse.¶ Then, when she came out of the µcourse,¶ there were dozens of other real workers waiting to go in and waste their day. Don¶t anyone tell me we need these petty tyrants. Sack µem! Sack µem and sod µjobs for the boys and girls.¶

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