Officious – Josie Appleton

For several years Appleton has been documenting the ever-increasing reach of petty bureaucracy in the UK. She has focussed on several areas including: ‘Safeguarding’ and the notorious ‘Criminal Records Checks’ (now re-branded as ‘DBS’ checks), excesses of local authority litter enforcement officers, the introduction of ‘Public Space Protection Orders’, controls on photography, and many other … Continue reading “Officious – Josie Appleton”

England – the land of the petty official

It didn’t use to be this way. Not so long ago bus conductors, ticket inspectors, and the guy who checked your passport at Dover were polite and courteous. Now, they are vulgar and dripping with power. They speak to you crudely in an ugly tone devoid of respect. They speak to you not as someone … Continue reading “England – the land of the petty official”