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NOTES FROM BIG BEN


I was saying before I was so rudely interrupted ...


By Peter Guest


(UK-based Peter Guest returns with his first column for PT after nearly a year’s hiatus. Editor)


The UK is just about to pass into law what is probably one of the dumbest pieces of legislation promulgated this century, or perhaps any other.


The wholly inappropriately named Protection of Freedoms Bill will allow anyone who operates a private parking area to collect any unpaid (they say) parking fee from the owner of the vehicle that (they say) incurred the charge. Now let’s be clear on this. When anyone drives or parks a car, they should be responsible for what they do and any costs they ring up. There is no argument there. However, this new law doesn’t make them liable; it makes the vehicle owner responsible.


So the guy writes to me and says I owe him a zillion pounds because my car was on his land, and as long as he has “evidence,” he can take me to court to collect the money. And, of course, the cowboys will not ever misuse this law to make a fast buck ... It doesn’t matter if someone else used my car. It doesn’t matter if he has the wrong details. I have to prove my innocence and the non-involvement of my car, not the other way round.


Will this work? I doubt it. Senior


lawyers tried to explain the issues when the bill was first drafted, but the government didn’t seem to understand the big words. If passed this bill will be the first time in British law where one person (the vehicle owner) is held to be involuntarily responsible for someone else’s (the driver’s) debt. Oh, and there is another little problem: The UK Human Rights Act says that every person is “entitled to the peaceful enjoyment of his possessions,” which is a tad incompatible with having to pay someone else’s parking ticket using my “possessions”!


Mary Portas is known as


the “Queen of Shops” in the UK popular press.


Mary Portas is known as the “Queen of Shops” in the UK popular press. Starting as a “Saturday girl” in a major retailer, she has moved onwards and upwards, and now she’s a well-known TV guru in all things to do with shopping. A perfect person, therefore, for our blessed leader, little David [Cameron], to rope in to try to sort out the problems in the UK’s traditional high streets. Her report makes interesting reading (Google “The Portas Review” if you want to see it), and comes up with a range of 28 recommendations about how to fix things. However, it does seems to miss a few fairly fundamental points — such as the inevitable and, one


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