Wrote this before seeing Richard's post below, but decided that they complemented one another, so, onward!
Listened to a cross-section of the news this a.m., and thought I’d share a few thoughts on this slice with you! Ranging from the fact that council officials (nosey-parker busybodies) can now propose to legally enter your home for the purposes of checking what improvements you’ve made, and charging you for them; through the deeply-saddening ongoing reports of the corruption, carnage and death which came from Basra, to the really disturbing item about the proposals by the LIB-Dem council of Richmond. This involved the proposed increase in permit parking charges to reflect the so-called Carbon Impact or Green-house gases emitted by the vehicle which you drive! So if you have an electric car, you park for free, but if you drive (heaven forfend) a 4 x 4 vehicle (described by the council and the BBC as a GAS-GUZZLER), you will pay three times the present value of the parking permit! So Richmond Council, having decided that they live in the centre of the Carbon-emitting culture of Great Britain, they are going to start by penalising everyone who has decided, in this so-called free country of ours, that they should drive a large, comfortable car!
Yup; There’ll always be an England, but a subtly different one to that once sung about!