For some time now it has been obvious that the bureaucratic mind believes in strict adherence of the law, to the extent that it would seem they all possess a common purpose, as against common sense.
A number of stories from the Daily Telegraph (well three, to be precise) which bear out this accusation:
A 13-year-old boy gets woken at 11.20pm on a Saturday night by police calling to question him about an alleged incident involving an apple being thrown at a 11-year-old boy.
The wife of a school chaplain, who has presented prizes at Speech Day, volunteering to cover any shortfall in teachers due to the planned strike is informed that they did not need to accept her offer as none of their teachers would be striking, but that had the need arisen she would have to have been CRB checked.
Not on-line, it would seem, is an article in the print edition of the same paper which reports that Essex County Council told a home owner to wash off paint from a fading while line that he had repainted as he was fed-up with being blocked in his own driveway - one placed there to enforce parking restrictions outside his property - or face paying the costs of the clean-up. A spokesman for Essex CC said its workmen needed to carry out the work for the restrictions to be enforceable.
From this is Devon, we learn of a couple with two young children, who moved onto agricultural land which it is reported they own, have been served an injunction preventing them continuing with their enterprise.
Now it may be that brutality towards children is a high priority with our police, that even those married to God's representatives on Earth are potential paedophiles, that those restoring land they own at their own expense, must all obey the law and no exceptions can be made; however the question must be asked whether this 'ordering' of society has reached a point where it must be curtailed. To achieve that curtailment may well be nigh-on impossible as there would appear to be so many of these 'petty-fogging' regulations in place that the problem becomes where to start. Add to that problem the fact we have become a litigious society - one in which rights are difficult to separate from wrongs - and any attempt to simplify the laws of the land is probably doomed before any attempt is made.
One does also have to wonder whether the Coalition's wish to stop the relentless incursion of the state into the lives of individuals was inserted into the Foreward of their programme for government merely as fodder for another 'U' turn.