I suggested earlier that the old 'drunk in public' crime could be resurrected and fined as an easy way to make money.
It didn't take long.
In fact, all fixed penalty notices are to be increased by £15 to 'help victims of violent crime' which really means that it'll all go into parliamentary pockets.
In the Parliamentary reply which revealed the Government's plan, Justice Minister Claire Ward said: 'It is Government policy that, where possible, offenders should contribute to victims' services as part of their reparation.
Victims? These surcharges apply to things like having dirty windows on your car, parking in the wrong place and the rather sinister 'setting off fireworks after curfew'. Curfew? When did that come about? Are there fingermen on patrol already?
There are no victims in any of the 'crimes' listed. Nobody gets so much as inconvenienced by most of them. These are not crimes in which someone gets hurt, they are crimes of non-conformism to regulations, some of which are sensible but most of which are arbitrary.
There'll be more of this. Will the Cameroids do anything to repeal it? Will they swear an oath, now, to demolish all the petty rules and spiteful fines of this Labour government? I'd really like to see them take a stand on this but I don't think they can without permission from the EU.
Show me someone thinking of voting Labour, and I'll show you someone who isn't thinking at all.
Late Extra: I missed this line on first reading.
'Proceeds raised from the surcharge provide a ring-fenced source of funding for a wide variety of organisations providing non-financial support to victims and witnesses of crime.'
The victims in this 'victim surcharge' idea don't get a penny. It's a tax to support another Labour fakecharity or two.