Here’s an interesting story:
Jeremy Clarkson has been granted ‘urgent’ planning permission to build cattle shed – in time for his herd to calve in the New Year.
To any American farmer, this would cause a certain amount of head-scratching: you need a new shed on your farm, you build it.
Not, of course, in Britishland, where ownership of property gives one no rights at all, except of course the obligation to pay taxes on it.
And if the “emergency” part hadn’t been granted, requiring an endless wait while the permission process wound its tortuous way around bureaucratic inertia, “public” input (objections from people who think farmers should be able to carry on with Saxon-era buildings) — resulting in Clarkson building an “un-licensed” shed to save his calves’ lives — why then, he’d be fined and forced to tear the thing down.
Government at its finest.