Dwarfing world news this last weekend has been the sensational announcement that Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman is announcing that from May 2011 most charges for fly-tipping will be removed. In a burst of Coalition Big Society doubletalk, she will tell English town halls to scrap them. It does not matter whether they agree: she is removing their powers.
So where does Mr. Angry fit into this story?
Recently Mr and Mrs Angry were fined with a fixed penalty notice for leaving their waste sacks out on the wrong day. It was so unfair. Mr. Angry now receives so much fan mail that he and Mrs. Angry were trying to recycle their waste in a responsible way.
Mr. Angry was furious. He therefore decided to generate a petition and gained 1,000 signatures. Off he went to SW1. As he was waiting to enter Downing Street, the policeman on duty asked him what his protest was.
“Oh” he said on hearing the explanation. “It’s all over. The rules are being changed.”
Mr. Angry asked how he knew this piece of news.
“Well” continued the officer “there is so much rubbish coming out of 10 and 11 that the local collectors are going off sick with back strains. Apparently Dave called the Minister and said something had to be done. Downing Street will not be fined by Boris.
In case any of Mr. Angry’s fans think he is being cynical he wants to point out that a Government Waste Review commissioned last summer has still to report. The Coalition have abandoned their hopes of achieving a ‘zero waste’ Britain.
And Mr. Angry knew first….