I came across a nauseating little item today.
The Environmental Protection Agency has produced an “app” for mobile phones so that the Righteous can report their neighbours for polluting.
What kind of world do we live in where neighbours are actively encouraged to “inform the authorities” if they feel their righteous standards have been infringed?
For a start, my hackles rise at the word “authority”. My council may be an authority in name but I do not recognise it as having any authority over me. I would also question their right to dream up laws an impose them on me. By what right do they write laws and impose fines? I always understood that the only people who can create laws are those in central government, and I would have very serious questions to ask even about that. As far as I am concerned, my council is subservient to me and I will not accept any bullying from them.
One of the items mentioned in the article is “backyard burning”. I presume they mean “bonfires” but they prefer what is obviously a Merkan word. I don’t have a back yard. I have a garden, a plot or an estate depending on my mood and on who I am trying to impress. What’s more, it is my fucking garden and no one is going to tell me what I can do in it. I have a lot of trees that need pruning and trimming, and that is apart from the pruning and trimming a high wind can do. As a result I have a lot of wood which has to be disposed of.
The council’s website tells me I should Reduce, Reuse, Recycle or Compost. I would indeed reduce if I could, but the trees and bushes have an unnatural habit of growing bigger all the time, so unless they can tell me how to stop trees growing and how to stop the wind blowing down branches…? I’m not sure quite how I am supposed to reuse a mountain of old branches and twigs? build a fucking shed out of them? The same goes for recycling. How do you recycle a branch? Glue it back on the tree? My answer to that is that you burn it. As for composting, well that’s a joke. Have they ever seen how long it takes for a four inch thick branch to compost?
I have always used bonfires as did my parents and their parents before them. It’s only a recent thing that the Righteous have started fussing about pollution and dioxins, but modern bonfires don’t produce anything that they haven’t produced for the past hundreds of years.
So the Righteous can go fuck themselves.
And if anyone tried to photograph my bonfires, then we shall see how well their mobile phone burns.