A Job for David Leyonhjelm

Writing for Reason.com, Josie Appleton describes England’s Creeping Nanny State.

Her article has some corkers in it:

A church bell in Hertfordshire which had rung every 15 minutes for 140 years was silenced, after environmental health officers threatened the church with fines (the bell was recently reinstated, after some locals raised the money for a device to allow it to ring more quietly).

and

A lady in an Essex village is under threat of a fine and criminal record after complaints about free-roaming peacocks that issued from her farm. The council has issued her with a legal order that requires her to remove the birds by January. At one point the council sent a ranger down to spend a whole day sitting outside her house “monitoring peacock activity.”

and

In the Forest of Dean, in the West of England, sheep have roamed freely for centuries and are an essential part of the local land management. But they were also under threat of criminalization when some locals complained about sheep droppings and the fact that sheep could be heard “baaing loudly” outside their houses. The council set up an “irresponsible shepherding task group,” which recommended that sheep be banned from the village and that a warden be employed to monitor straying sheep and fine their owners, at the cost of £28,000 a year.

I wonder if the inner city councils of Sydney and Melbourne have their own “irresponsible shepherding task group”?

This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

23 Responses to A Job for David Leyonhjelm

  1. Senile Old Guy

    From the piece:

    This change towards a busybody culture might be strongest in England, but is also characteristic of those other countries the French call “Anglo-Saxon”: America and Australia.

  2. King Koala

    This is more proof that cities should be walled off and the inhabitants prevented from moving to the countryside and ruining it.

  3. Art Vandelay

    As many others have noted, the Brits have been particularly enthusiastic about using Orwell’s 1984 as an instruction manual. Here’s yet another example:

    Rudd speech on foreign workers recorded as a hate incident

    The home secretary’s party conference speech proposing that companies compile lists of foreign workers has been declared a “hate incident” by police under crime recording policies that she has supported.

    Joshua Silver, a physics professor at the University of Oxford, was so concerned that he reported the speech to police.

  4. cuckoo

    The Puritan strain is always there in English life. Whether it’s witchfinders or sheepfinders, icon-smashers or Tube poster-banners (and Suffragette painting-slashers). Malvolio in Twelfth Night is one embodiment, as was, in a milder form, ARP Warden Hodges in Dad’s Army (“Oi! Napoleon! Put that light out!”)

  5. cuckoo

    The rot has been setting in for a long time. Orwell marvelled in the 1940s that only a few decades before, it had been possible in England to buy a pistol and ammunition, over the counter and no questions asked, from bicycle shops.

  6. Bruce

    The sort of stuff that, in a real country, would precipitate a civil war, has been “tolerated” for far too long.

    Solzhenitsyn had some interesting things to say about that sort of thing.

  7. Confused Old Misfit

    It has infiltrated Australia. Most recent example being the mandatory security requirements for ANZAC day marches. What community voted for these?

  8. Zulu Kilo Die Onuitspeeklike

    This behaviour has been going on in Australia for years – you buy your five acres in the middle of an agricultural, particularly a grape growing area, and then complain about the noise of agricultural machinery, and the use of chemical sprays.

  9. jupes

    What community voted for these?

    The same community that voted for Muslim immigration.

    Oh wait …

  10. H B Bear

    The UK is a nanny state toilet. And yet Brendan O’Neill and still come down to Australia and say this place is worse.

  11. Tator

    For the sheep issue, I would be telling the council that it was allowable under common law and that the council is overstepping its own boundaries. Even the article linked states that the majority of complainants are new to the district and have not followed the rule of thumb about fencing their properties and had in fact demolished fences and walls which have lead to this so called inconvenience. This needs a plucky lawyer with balls to take them on regarding existing common law rights which the council is trying to extinguish. It appears like something out of the Stella awards. Some persuasive legislation that would influence this is the SA legislation which restricts those who build or move into residential premises near live music venues or industrial/commercial premises from complaining about the noise from the pre-existing business. For example, a developer built townhouses to the rear of the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel in Bowden, SA. The Gov is a long time renowned live music venue and some of the new residents wanted to close down the pubs live music nights even though they knew it was there prior to purchasing their property. Another was a new resident complaining about the noise from a child care centre that has existed in its current location for over a decade. It is one of the few bits of legislation that the Rann Government got correct as it balanced out the rights of existing property owners against that of new property owners.

  12. Aaron

    A lady in an Essex village is under threat of a fine and criminal record after complaints about free-roaming peacocks that issued from her farm.

    Peacocks are inconvenient birds to have popping in for visits, they are loud and noisy so I am not surprised there are complaints. Rather than pay someone to perform surveillance on her home, the offending fowl should have just been declared fair game and I’m sure she’d be more inclined to keep them on her property.

  13. Bruce of Newcastle

    some locals complained about sheep droppings

    Not golfers then. Once my golf shoes died mid-round and I had to complete the rest of the holes wearing socks. The local geese population were very evident, which meant that putting was interesting (if you were off line: splat) and I had to throw away my socks afterwards.

  14. Lem

    Errant peacocks, sheep that dare to give voice, church bells chiming…..what a dangerous and unpleasant place England has become.

  15. Nicholas (Unlicensed Joker!) Gray

    Look, the person to call on to fix things sheepish is Alicia Silverstone! This Hollywood once-was-actress doesn’t want us to shear sheep because it might be painful for the sheep. Wait until she hears what English sheep have to put up with! She’ll fix things right, and make sure we are kind to each other!

  16. JohnA

    King Koala #2260693, posted on January 13, 2017, at 12:43 pm

    This is more proof that cities should be walled off and the inhabitants prevented from moving to the countryside and ruining it.

    Refer “Wonko the Sane” – with thanks to Douglas Adams again (So Long, and Thanks for all the Fish).

  17. Squirrel

    The moral of this story should be that moves to strengthen local government in ‘Straya should be resisted.

    A truly conservative State government wouldn’t be strengthening local government through amalgamations (thus taking them closer to the leftist ideal of regional governments equipped to work directly with Canberra and bypass the States), it would be clipping their wings wherever possible, and ensuring that they had minimal scope for imposing the time and money-wasting embuggerances which local government loves to inflict on householders and businesses.

  18. King Koala

    This is what’s known in America as Californication. Dickheads in California support diversity, big government and other nonsense and then move away because California has become unliveable only to start agitating for the exact same measures in their new home.

  19. thefrolickingmole

    Calls to prayer amplified at all hours of the day = good
    Sheep bleating in the countryside = bad

    Simples.

    This sort of thing is why Im almost (but not quite) inclined to thing the old codger who shot those 2 inspectors who were spying on his farm is a hero.
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-21/farmer-fatally-shot-environment-officer-fuelled-by-hatred-court/7347838

    The inspectors are backed by men with guns who will, if a citizen refuses to comply enough end up shooting him. The fact so much of their decision making is capricious or even malicious makes them not much above dung beetles in my estimation.

    The Crown told the jury the farmer was motivated by a personal hatred of Mr Turner.

    “That was precipitated by a perception he had that the Office of Environment and Heritage, led by Glen Turner, had it in from him and the Turnbulls,” Mr Barrett said.

    The court heard Turnbull owned and had an interest in a number of properties around Croppa Creek and had been investigated by the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) for illegal land clearing in those areas.

    The Crown told the jury that after Turnbull fired the first shot at Mr Turner he said, “You’ve ruined the Turnbulls… you’re continually harassing us and taking us to court.”

  20. Tel

    The Crown told the jury that after Turnbull fired the first shot at Mr Turner he said, “You’ve ruined the Turnbulls… you’re continually harassing us and taking us to court.”

    A self defense claim with a demand for full discovery of internal emails would be interesting. They must be archived somewhere and might be quite surprising what pops up.

  21. Rabz

    the fact that sheep could be heard “baaing loudly” outside their houses

    Try tolerating Sulphur Crested Cockies “screeching loudly” in your backyard (about five metres from your bedroom) at 5:00am and get back to me, you pussies.

    No chance of having the cockies removed as they’re a national icon and of course, I’m not allowed to stagger out into the back yard with a musket and blow them to smithereens (more’s the pity). 🙁

  22. Rabz

    Errant peacocks, sheep that dare to give voice, church bells chiming…..what a dangerous and unpleasant place England has become.

    LOL, Lem.

  23. ken n

    Josie Appleton writes some very good stuff and is fighting the good fight at The Manifesto Club
    She is worth following and supporting.

Comments are closed.