Sledgehammer to crack a nut?
NEVER has the phrase "taking a sledgehammer to crack a nut" been more appropriate than the moment anti-terror officers decided to send armed police round to storm Ian Driscoll's house.
There he was, minding his own business in the relative peace and quiet of suburbia – only to have his collar felt in spectacular style.
His crime? To post on Facebook a picture of an action figure that looked a bit like him, a plastic dog which looked a bit like his dog and a toy mortar tube – which looked a lot like a toy mortar tube.
Some social media busybody – who had obviously been watching too many episodes of Spooks – dobbed him in. And the next thing he knows, he's got five policemen – two of them armed – beating a path to his front door.
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We know the police take the fight against terrorism seriously.
We're thankful for that. We fully support them in their endeavours.
But we do need them to at least open their eyes when they're reviewing intelligence.
Ian says had they looked closely at the photograph, they'd have seen a remote control and skirting board with which to judge scale.
It's not exactly – if you'll excuse the pun – rocket science. DCI Barnaby would have had that one wrapped up before Midsomer even woke up.
WE can't help thinking Councillor Paul McLain has done himself few favours with his sweeping comments about crisis loans.
In this age of austerity, no one's exactly got money to throw around – least of all the county council.
And it's absolutely right that councils carefully monitor expenditure.
But Mr McLain isn't going to win many friends in the community by making wild claims about how cash-strapped families struggling to make ends meet spend the payouts.
We have no way of knowing whether or not his claims are true. In truth, neither has he.
A more helpful response, if he's genuinely concerned, would be for those who dish out the crisis loans to devise a new system for the loans.
Parents need a new cot for their baby? Give them Mothercare vouchers. Struggling to feed the family? Give them vouchers that can't be spent on booze. To tar all struggling families with the feckless brush isn't right, or fair.