A town mayor is at the centre of a potentially costly investigation over whether he smoked too close to council officials.
Fenland District Council in Cambridgeshire is investigating four allegations against John West, the Mayor of March, including that he "brandished a cigarette 30 centimetres from the face of two officers on two separate occasions".
Oh, for fuck's sake...
Mr West said he was the victim of a "witch hunt" and criticised the investigation as a waste of council tax payers' money.
He said the only incident to which he could imagine that the allegations referred was one Saturday morning last autumn when he helped council officers clear weeds from outside March station, during which he smoked.
He commented: "I do realise that as a smoker I'm the biggest pariah out there, but I don't think it's illegal to smoke outside – yet.
To put my fears more succinctly, what I fear is that the people who run councils are even more illiberal and cuntish than the thieving bastards at Westminster. Just look at the enthusiasm with which these local authorities embrace every new government diktat, enforcing them way beyond what's required.
For example, whilst it may have been central government that gave councils the power to pass certain by-laws, it was the councils themselves that enthusiastically started banning the drinking of alcohol in parks and streets. They didn't have to use these powers, but they did. (And let's not even mention RIPA, eh?)
There really is only one option: take every, single elected official and hang them from the nearest taxpayer-funded lamp-post. As for the employees... well...
Another good rule, which should most definitely be applied in this case, would be that any council or government employee deemed to have wasted taxpayers' money should be billed for the full cost.
That would make these shit-stains think twice about pissing our hard-earned cash up the fucking wall.