But, I must admit that I have a little more respect for those with grand designs—at least they are thinking big. People like this, however, are just fucking little shits who should be ceremonially hanged in this self-same park for the sport of crows.
A few weeks ago, a well-known local protester was evicted from the park for dressing up as a penguin and handing out climate change propaganda. Now, this is someone I’ve locked horns with on more than one occasion and of course I don’t agree with her views on climate change (she believes in anthropogenic climate change, I have common sense) but on this we agreed—she has every right to stand in a public place and hand out leaflets as long as she doesn’t harass anyone. The council officers who evicted her from that public place had no right to do so and several people told them so. They even told her that you are only allowed to hand out leaflets in the park if you have had a Police CRB check and signed a declaration agreeing to all sorts of restrictions. This is, of course, a load of bollocks - they cannot impose these conditions on anyone wanting to use a public place.
But they don’t let the little matter of acting without authority get in the way. No, rather than apologise for harassing someone going about their lawful business they have announced that anyone seen in the park without a child will be challenged by their agents who will want to know who they are and why they are in the park without a child.
Well, bugger me: I hadn't realised that parks were only for the entertainment of children—had you? I had this weird idea that parks might actually be for the benefit of everyone, that green spaces were considered a "public good".
How stupid I've been: you see, I thought "public" meant everyone, not just children and their parents. What a dimbo I am.
I’m a father of four and I want my children to be safe. What I don’t want is the type of society where everyone is assumed to be guilty.
The council’s pronouncement has gone down like a lead balloon locally and a protest has been organised for Saturday morning by Telford Council Watch. I’ll be there sans enfants to show the facists at Telford & Wrekin Council what I think of their new rules and to exercise my right, as per the legally binding contract that transferred ownership of the park to the Telford Development Corporation (now susbumed into the council), to free and open access to the park.
So fuck you, Telford Council, and your fucking insulting suspicions and your totalitarian behaviour. I hope that the good people of Telford line up and fuck every orifice in your skulls until you are starting to suffocate, your eye jelly dribbling down your neck whilst all that you can hear is the sound of cum whooshing in your ears.
Or they could just vote you out, I suppose...