Now that I am retired having been many years a magistrate with a long awareness of the declining freedoms enjoyed by the ordinary citizen and a corresponding fear of the big brother state`s ever increasing encroachment on civil liberties I hope that my personal observations within these general parameters will be of interest to those with an open mind. Having been blogging with this title for many years against the rules of the Ministry of Justice my new found freedom should allow me to be less inhibited in these observations.
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Tuesday, 24 January 2017
INCREASED MOTORING FINES//THEM AND US
Notwithstanding the above there has been noticeable public disdain over the level of wages paid to Premier League footballers. This has been tolerated owing to the popularity of football. However when those elite players enter an environment to which plebs can relate the attitude changes. Media cannot usually report on the level of tips they give to waiters in expensive restaurants or the amount spent on grooming their dogs but media can report on the cars they drive and the penalties imposed in open court for motoring and other offences.
Speeding, driving without due care and no insurance are amongst the commonest of motoring offences. Until April 24th the latter two offences will still attract a maximum fine of £5000. After that date courts will have the power to level unlimited fines which will also be available for drink driving. The days when £50,000 a week sports stars or city bankers and financiers can leave court having paid a morning`s wages as a fine will be over and a gawping public might feel that there is just a small narrowing of the gulf between "them and us". As Marx almost said "each according to his means".........Karl not Groucho.