We’re paying a price for others’ decisions

Adults are expected to take responsibility for their own actions. Whenever we do something rash, stupid or violent, what takes just a few moments could lead to long-lasting consequences.

Yet some people think they can do whatever they want and get away with it, not having to pay the price for their behaviour. Like the man who appeared in court charged with murdering his parents and begged the judge to be merciful because he was an orphan. That’s called ‘Having your cake and eating it’.

It’s not just individuals who create a problem then refuse to take any responsibility for it.  Many local councils have been doing exactly that since they stopped weekly bin collections.

This caused an explosion in the rodent population which is almost out of control in some areas.

There was a time when, if your home was invaded by rodents, you could call your local civic centre and they’d send out ‘The rat catcher’ to sort out the problem. This, like weekly bin collections, was a service we were all entitled to, paid for by our council taxes.

Then, after fortnightly bin collections were introduced and rodents suddenly had access to a never-ending food supply, more and more householders began contacting their council Pest Control Departments.

Everyone could see this would happen except the councils themselves, who, having created the problem then had the brass nerve to start charging us a fee to get rid of the rodents!

But the situation is a lot worse now, as many councils no longer employ ‘Rat catchers’. So if you have a rodent problem, you have to pay a private company to sort it out. Thanks for nothing!

Currently, someone I know has a furry creature scratching around inside his kitchen extension roof. The pest control firm he called out think it’s probably a squirrel – or it might be a rat.  Either way it’s quite unpleasant. Hopefully the problem will be quickly solved.

But here’s what’s worrying.  The pest control man not only confirmed that there are more rats about since councils stopped weekly bin collections, but to save money, many councils no longer bait their sewers with rat poison every Sunday as they regularly used to do.

The result? Take a wild guess!

To recap: Council Taxes increase every year, yet some important services our councils should provide get less and less. I smell a rat!