Category Archives: Civil Liberties

Pigs might fly – chasing twigs in a helicopter

An Oxford Mail story Police scramble helicopter over “stolen” twigs has been picked up by the BBC. Put briefly, a family collected some fallen twigs whilst walking in woodland, and a “heated confrontation” took place when a warden told them … Continue reading

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Putting petty officials back in their box

A Bristol family’s picnic was ruined when over-zealous council officials (or “dim jobsworths” as they are known) made them take down their wind-break on Clifton Downs.  We have to turn this tide somehow and put petty officials back in the … Continue reading

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Three traffic wardens for one car

I watched a pack of traffic wardens surround a car in Market Street, Oxford this afternoon. I guess only one gets the bonus and perhaps they had all raced to get there, the fastest getting to do the job while … Continue reading

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Lib Dems against prohibition

My article Lib Dems succeed in pushing at 20mph open door included a passage on how the different political parties feel entitled to interfere in every aspect of our lives. I said of Oxford’s Lib Dems and local councillor Alan … Continue reading

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Photographing traffic wardens

I did a piece yesterday about a traffic warden who “ordered” a driver to delete photographs which he took of her. The source of that was an Oxford Times Online story which has since attracted some comments. One is a … Continue reading

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Data Protection and public photographs

Oxford Times Online has a story about a man who, whilst being given a parking ticket by a traffic warden, spotted that she had herself parked on a double-yellow line and took a photograph of her. She “ordered” him to … Continue reading

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Westgate Plods duff up Green woman

You may like to watch the video of Oxford’s finest trying to arrest Oxford councillor Deborah Glass Woodin as she protested about the felling of trees at the Westgate Centre. The Greens and the police are the front-line troops in … Continue reading

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