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Aug 14 2012

Unlovely Rita Meter Maid » Postmodern Conservative

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So I discovered this guy Phil J. Gray while looking for a Bob Dylan song on YouTube. I’m actually glad that his version of Dylan’s “Clothes Line Saga” was all that I found because I learned of his particular grievance regarding Parking-Eye in Great Britain. This omniscient enforcement of parking regulation led to him having to pay 90 to 120 pounds in parking fees. Rather than knuckle under, Mr. Gray decided to write a letter of complaint to Right Honorable Messrs. Cameron and Clegg for some sort of redress. He also posted his case on You Tube. I wish him well in his endeavor (or should it be endeavour?). Of course, this is a minor case, as Mr. Gray himself admits. But what is the limit to how much one must pay for an ordinary oversight in parking one’s car? Mr. Gray was simply trying to further his “Candlelight Peace Tour” which was overshadowed by the 2012 Olympic torch tour. He just wants to know why he should be required pay so much money for such a minor offense, and implied in his case is why the Coca-Cola sponsored Olympic torch got such preference over his own tour. I like this man’s style and nerve—even if, as he himself seems to realize (e.g., he keeps referring to Tony Blair instead of Cameron and Clegg) his case is minor. And of course, he jumped a few bounds from local to general in tying his case to the Prime Minister. But don’t all complaints eventually implicate the legitimacy of those who rule from the top? A parking ticket? Get over it! But then again, doesn’t Mr. Gray have a point?

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