NOW here’s something the Extinction Rebellion rowdies could usefully turn their attention to instead of causing more traffic jams and air pollution … fly-tipping. Yes, fly-tipping.
Boy, could we do with some of their vigilantes on the case. Furtive, illegal rubbish-dumping in our streets, parks and other public places is what eco-warriors could really do something about – not that amorphous (try as they may to tie those gases down) notion of CO2-driven climate change.
Fly-tipping has reached a new peak and its rate of increase – eight per cent up from last year – is a lot faster than global warming. Last year local authorities reported more than a million incidents over which (along with the police seemingly) they have lost any control, according to this report in the Daily Mail.
The Mail blames councils’ waste collection cutbacks which leaves us scratching our heads a bit over those burgeoning levels of executive pay in town halls (also rising faster than global warming) that the TaxPayers’ Alliance has uncovered.
While we have to watch rubbish festering on the highways and byways, or see our precious countryside being used as a bin, thousands of senior council officers are basking in their annual remunerations of £100,000 and more, well up on last year and begging the question of whether their pay is index-linked to the amount of rubbish they don’t collect.
Meanwhile those XR demonstrators are very good at telling us we’re laying waste to the planet, while avoiding the nitty gritty. Instead of their unproductive and pollution contributing protests, wouldn’t they be better occupied, after picking up their own rubbish, tracking down those foul fly tippers and bringing them to justice? Discuss!