Friday, 29 January 2010
Blow me down
Michael was stationary, in neutral with his handbrake applied when he used a tissue to wipe his nose. Stuart Gray, a local policeman, zealot and trainee Nazi, approached Michael and issued a fixed penalty ticket for £60 on the pretext that Michael was not in control of his vehicle. Clearly, with his handbrake applied and the vehicle being stationary, I would argue he was in control of his van. However, the procurator fiscal decided otherwise and the case was pursued.
Incidentally, PC Gray is known locally as “shiny buttons” for his particularly zealous attitude to his work. He once earned notoriety for doling out a £50 fine to Stewart Smith, another Ayr man, who dropped a £10 note from his back pocket. Mr Smith was charged with littering.
Michael is going to fight the case although under the ridiculous Napoleonic Scottish legal system he probably won’t be able to claim any costs. Perhaps we should all chip in with a donation in order to fight this stupidity. As for PC Gray, I suggest he be suspended pending a full medical report as the man is clearly not the ticket… fixed penalty or otherwise.
Frankly, I’m not surprised at this story. My own daughter had her expensive camera confiscated by an idiot Scottish policeman and is still waiting for it to be returned six months later. I know some very nice Scottish people but this really does their country no credit. Not content with dominating the cabinet and generally screwing up the nation’s finances with their perverse policies, the Scots appear now to be losing the plot completely.