1) PETROL PRICES - Should the government scrap the planned rise in petrol duty? : Ah, a vote. Text your answer to 88291 everybody! Odd, don't you think, that the government are getting a load of flak about this, but it was - I understand - the previous Labour government who put these tax rises in place. I'll let you know if the number of jet skis at our local beach reduces next year. Odd again, don't you think, that non-EU, non-oil-producing, low tax, referendums-for-everything, libertarian Switzerland pays considerably less for petrol than we do (http://www.drive-alive.co.uk/fuel_prices_europe.html). Some connection, maybe? Next...
2) METAL THEFT - How do we stop Britain's metal theft epidemic? : You last discussed this on 26th August and - guess what - nothing has changed. On that basis I'll repeat what I said then: This is a real problem, and one of which I am only too aware. The main part of the problem does not lie with the people who take the metal but with the scrap merchants who will exchange it for cash with no questions asked. Thefts would be reduced if it were made more difficult to get the material in to the scrap metal process, and the easiest way to do that is to make each delivery traceable. There is a government e-petition on this subject (http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/406) and an interesting article here:
3) PARENTS IN PRISON - In the run up to Children In Need, we look at the stories behind the charity. Did your parent go to jail when you were a child? How did you cope? : No, and I didn't have to. Next...
4) CABS - Oxford Council wants to record all conversations that take place in the city's cabs. Good for the safety of passengers and drivers - or an invasion of privacy? : What a shame that you chose not to link to Big Brother Watch's version of events (http://www.bigbrotherwatch.org.uk/home/2011/11/big-brother-watching-listening.html) instead of a BBC news page. If you had bothered to check you would have found that this item is a NON-STORY. From the BBW page:
This has generated a great deal of interest, so Big Brother Watch has been digging. And we’ve found no document that suggests Oxford City Council’s licensing committee has ever approved this. Two reports have been published – one, for the 19 October meeting, outlines the planned changes to licensing conditions. Earlier in the year, a meeting on March 1 heard the initial proposal. Both documents discuss CCTV, and make no mention of audio recording. There is one missing document – the Appendix A discussed on 19 October, which outlines the actual changes planned. That isn’t available on the Council’s website however. We have asked the Officer responsible for a copy.
We’ve now been given the Council’s Appendix. It makes no mention of audio recording, only CCTV and “image retrieval”.
Did Councillors on the committee even discuss this?