I wrote a few weeks ago about Oxford City Council’s botched attempt to attend to the grafitti which plagues the city (Grafitti remedy worse than the grafitti). I suggested that if the best they could do was to splodge green paint over the mess, then all they were doing was providing a blank canvas for the next load of grafitti.
My post showed the brickwork at the Port Meadow end of Aristotle Lane railway bridge. Some new grafitti had already been added. This is what it looks like now.
All the candidates for the forthcoming council election claim that grafitti is on their list of problems to solve if elected. All are short of concrete proposals for achieving this worthy aim. One obvious one is to sack the officers who claim to be responsible for keeping the city clean – the photograph above was taken on 28 March, a month ago today.
Another is to find a senior policeman, show him these photographs and ask him what his proposals are to solve the problem at source. Remind him of the large increase in the amount of Council Tax diverted to his use and write down his answer.