Memo from the House of Rossa about the Blackburn shopowner illegally allowing a hookah-smoking caterpillar on her premises:
‘I really thought someone was winding me up, I wasn’t taking it seriously. ‘It’s not even a real shisha pipe, it’s an ornament, it doesn’t work. ‘But he didn’t have a problem with the shisha pipe, it was the caterpillar smoking on business premises.
‘I said to him, even if it was a real caterpillar the chances of it lighting the pipe were pretty thin, but the fact that it’s a wooden caterpillar renders it impossible.’
‘I wouldn’t let him investigate, I said to him “if you haven’t got better things to do, I certainly have, you need to leave”.
‘He said there was a real problem in Blackburn with shisha. I don’t know if that’s with caterpillars smoking it.
‘I did think about getting the caterpillar an electronic cigarette, or putting him on patches or something!’
OK, so we have Common Purpose dominating hiring and firing at councils and the type they’re employing are so narrative-soaked that they eagerly and gleefully pursue hookah-smoking caterpillars.
It’s tempting to ask who’s actually on the ganga but the real issue is who is doing the sending out of the officers? Answer of course is someone in the middle echelons.
Who are they answerable to? We come back to the same insanity as ever. This blog has always maintained there is an element of insanity which trickles down from above.