Today, the Daily Mirror are reporting that:
An abusive yob branded a calendar drawn up by a court to tell him when it got dark as stupid.
Fair enough. Sounds pretty stupid to me.
The article continues:
Foul-mouthed Daniel Wakefield, 18, was banned from a park at night but magistrates feared he would not know when that was.
So they spent nearly an hour charting the sun’s movements over the next two years for him.
But Wakefield was not impressed. He said: “I think it’s stupid giving me a calendar. It’s easy to know when it’s light and it’s dark. I’m not going to use it. I’ll just use my common sense.”
Again, fair enough. This was a stupid event of no real significance except to give credence to the idea that mankind might truly be doomed.
However, this wasn’t enough for the Express, who decided to go with:
OK, it’s fair to assume that, as the guide was drawn up during the court’s time, the taxpayer was footing the bill. No arguments there.
But an hour of the court’s time? An hour? Come on…
I’m not entirely sure how much an hour of the court’s time costs the taxpayer but I’m fairly sure that it’s an infinitesimal amount and nothing to get upset about.
Besides, this was one isolated event that is very unlikely ever to be repeated.
One would be forgiven for thinking that the Express introduced this new taxpayer slant merely so they could phone their best friends at the TaxPayers’ Alliance for a quote:
Last night, a TaxPayers’ Alliance spokeswoman said: “It’s ridiculous that time and money has been wasted teaching this offender the difference between dark and light. As Wakefield says himself, it’s common sense.”
Things must be slow at the TaxPayers’ Alliance offices…