The rise, and rise of 'green' authoritarianismDonna Challice (pictured left), a single mother of three children from Exeter, has become the first person to be charged and prosecuted for alledgely failing to recycle her household waste properly. Exeter city council have accussed Challice of putting improper waste, like food into her 'green' recycling bin, kindly provided by the new green authoritarians, Exeter city council.
However, the council did not have any evidence whatsoever that Challice had contaminated the recycling bin. Indeed, the miserabalist Mike Trim, who is the recycling officer for the council tried to argue that it 'will be hard to bring cases like this if there has to be direct evidence of an individual contaminating a recycling bin'. Stupid me, thinking that you need 'direct evidence' before you can prosecute someone for a crime. Fortunately, for Challice, the local magistrates decided to throw the councils case out of court because... you guessed it, 'there was insufficient evidence to convict' Challice.
I suppose now we can expect council jobsworth like Mike Trim, to be hiding in bushes near you soon, armed with a pair of binoculars, a dictaphone and a camera with a zoom lens, at the ready to get his 'direct evidence', and woe betide any man, woman or child that has the termerity to flout the city council's ribbish, draconian 'green' recycling policies.
Picture: The Times (London). 2006