For the last year Eric Pickles has been talking about the citizen's inalienable right to have their domestic waste collected each and every week. I don't want to comment on the stories about whether or not there has been an increase in the rat population since many councils moved to fortnightly bin collection (although I cannot resist mentioning that this kind of increase in efficiency in any other local government service would be celebrated rather than chastened). What I do want to comment on is the following statement from the Telegraph:
Yet for many people, a bin collection is the only service they receive from the council – and one for which they have to pay on average £120 a month.
taxes are the price we pay for the privilege of living in a civilized society.