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Rubbish police snatched my bin because it was 3ft out of place – by Colin Fernandez – 28th September 2011

In Uncategorized on January 18, 2012 at 3:07 pm

A load of old rubbish: Jane Pugh, from Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, was fined £30 by her local council when her bin was found to be two feet out of place Putting out the bins is not normally a chore that requires any great level of precision. But it is in the case of single mother Jane Pugh, who had her wheelie bin confiscated by the council for health and safety reasons after it was left three feet away from what was deemed the correct spot. To add insult to injury, the council demanded that she pay a £30 ransom for its return. The stand-off began in August when freelance writer Mrs Pugh found her bin had gone missing from the communal alleyway behind her house in Ansdell, in Lytham St Annes, Lancashire.

When she phoned up Fylde Council to report the loss, she was told the bin had been confiscated because it had been left in the wrong place. The official warned her to keep it in her back garden or face a fine of up to £1,000. Last night Mrs Pugh, 47, said: ‘I found the whole thing bonkers. I really couldn’t work out where I was supposed to put it. ‘I’ve got a really small garden and no garage so I had no choice but to put it in the back alley.’ After pointing out that the council’s edict was impractical, her bin was returned. A member of the council’s waste enforcement team also visited Mrs Pugh and agreed she could keep the bin in a smaller passage, known as a ginnel, leading off the main alleyway. But to ensure that she was complying with the new restrictions, council officials were secretly dispatched to inspect the alleyway five times to check she had kept the agreement. And it was not long before Mrs Pugh found, once again, that her bin had gone missing.

Wheeled away: The alley, with the smaller passage (centre) which leads to Mrs Pugh’s house She explained: ‘It seemed like too much of a coincidence so I emailed the council saying, “Why have you taken it again?” ‘And they came back with a long explanation that they have been inspecting the alley on a weekly basis, which I find baffling in itself, and that my bin was found to be out of place. They said on three out of five occasions the bin was found to be in the incorrect position and they’d even taken photographs. ‘It was like they were hoping to catch me out. The bin was only three foot from where it should have been.’ This time Mrs Pugh was told she would have to pay a £30 ‘release fee’ to get her bin back. She said: ‘The reasoning of the council is just bizarre – especially as officials were making frequent visits to check on the progress of my wheelie bin. Mrs Pugh said she found the whole thing bonkers and could not keep to the council’s edict because she had no room in her garden Mrs Pugh said she found the whole thing bonkers and could not keep to the council’s edict because she had no room in her garden ‘The fact is the bin had merely moved a few feet, not, as one would imagine, several miles.

‘I’m a busy single mum and I’ve got enough to do without frequently having to go into the back alley and check my bin is OK. ‘Am I supposed to go out every day to make sure no one has moved my bin?’ Since her bin was confiscated, Mrs Pugh has had to double-bag all her rubbish, put it in the car and drive it to the tip. A spokesman for Fylde Council said the bin had been removed following ‘a number of complaints’ but that Mrs Pugh could now get it back without charge. The spokesman added: ‘We would prefer not to waste public resources on minor issues of this nature and are quite happy to return the bin to the householder once again if she is prepared to stick to her agreement.

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If she is prepared to stick to her agreement? She has not agreed to be subject to a stolen bin or to pay for council services that STEAL her bin. It’s time to give the local government and local council the sack. It is time to remove all of the policy abusers. Perhaps a mass boycott of the council’s dustmen in favour of citizen created rubbish collection services? How much does a rubbish truck cost? How much does a driver and collector cost to hire? Drop the idiots who steal bins and open your own profiyable non-abusive business. In fact compete with the Dustmen by offering the same service at lower price until the colluding contractors become redundant. This is imposition of a ‘fear’ by threat of force (burglary of a bin in this case), mindset on the citizens if anything.

The councillor wants to control 3 feet of space? Vote the entire government and it’s abusive policy setters and colluding contractors out instead. The alternative is that people like Mrs Pugh get herself elected into office and then FIRE all neglectful councillors that allow such thefts and allow supercilious impositions of rules’ without amendments to occur, FIRE all spokesmen (who by being willing to be used by such Councils are not much better) and presumptuous ‘dustmen’ (who could have in spirit of the law REFUSED to take away bins but inconsiderately did. If the bureaucrat and quangocrat, even judiciary dishing out expensive jail term sentences that cost the taxpayer so much to enrich the prison contractors, don’t stop attacking the citizens, the citizens will attack them and make them into the pariahs they are.

In fact if enough independent MPs who understand and are in touch with such issues work together, the tax system could be overhauled (i.e. removed) as well, or limitless terms for MPs and especially Councillors ended, bureaucrat salaries lowered to (example : no more than 3 times average wage for the Cabinet, 2 times for senior management, 1.5 times for management and 1 time for all others). A bureaucrat’s salary should be no more than 3 times average wage. See below link for institutionalized corruption.

Average Wage Discrepencies With Reality Don’t tell the citizens anyone deserves anything more than the average wager much less free luxury services at the taxpayer’s expense. Time to take out the garbage in government.

18 Workers Fined For Smoking In Offices – Bernama – 3rd November2011

In Invasive Laws, Law, social freedoms on January 18, 2012 at 2:22 pm

KUALA LUMPUR – Eighteen workers have been fined for smoking in centralised air-conditioned offices in a major Ministry of Health enforcement blitz at private offices throughout the country on Oct 25. Director General of Health Datuk Seri Dr Hasan Abdul Rahman said a total of 54 employers were given written warnings for failing to display no smoking notices in their premises. “They were employees and employers of 570 private offices with centralised air-conditioning inspected in the operation, including banks and financial institutions, government-linked companies, office complexes, factories and hotels,” he said in a statement Thursday. On July 21, the government gazetted all workplaces with centralised air-conditioning as non-smoking areas under the Control of Tobacco Product Regulations. Hasan reminded employers to display the no smoking sign as they could be subjected to a fine of not more than RM5,000 or imprisonment of not more than one year if they failed to do so. – BERNAMA

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This action is illegally invasive and afflictive of the autonomy of the private sector company. Very likely unconstitutional. The private sector is free to set it’s own policy and government has overstepped it’s governance charter internationally regardless or not if the MPs had decided that it had powers to persecute or prosecute or fine or issue warnings of any sort.

I suggest that the 18 workers and perhaps their bosses of the 18 companies so targeted for socialised abuse nominally backed by government authority, contact the UN for confirmation against the UNHCR on this issue, engage a human rights inclined lawyer, and demand a public apology and perhaps compensation by the department or ministry in question for the ‘threatening and officious/vexatious behaviour’, and that all MPs who had approved the law that allowed this action be considered unvotable henceforth.

The offending MPs or bureaucrats who penned or approved this law were either neglectful of democratic principles in governance internationally or simply oppressive of the citizenry and fascist minded. Not a word on this Bar Council? The government is abusing the citizens, what is the purpose of a Bar Council internationally if not to address such issues? Do not capitulate to this incusion, private sector !

Nothing against the Federal Government or Malaysia itself, though for sure there will always be bad bureaucrats and bad enforcers willing to carry out unconstitutional acts against the citizens. As for the 18 workers, fear not, it is very likely that private companies and private sector workers do not need to accede to such invasive governance as smoking signs and warnings. A man’s home and office is his castle (think to vote only for the 222 politicians who will promise to grant Allodial property rights and abolishment of Eminent Domain).

Up next, the right for staff to bear arms in the surfeit of hired security who can bear arms (though training probably will be a requirement) . . . smoking is a Human Right – more so in private premises owned and run by the private sector.