I have been trying really hard to resist the temptation to become a Grumpy Old Woman but there have been so many "I don't believe it" stories in the papers recently that I give up.
Today's papers report that in the past 12 months the Criminal Records Bureau has wrongly classified 1,500 as having criminal records. This is just a statistic to the government but 1,500 real people have had career, reputation and possibly whole life ruined by Big Brother State incompetence.
The Criminal Records Bureau doesn't just make clerical errors, mixing up people with similar names, ticking a Yes box when they meant No and all those other little glitches they like to describe as computer errors, they also make their own judgement about criminal intent or activity when the party concerned has not been convicted, or even accused, of a crime. I read about a woman who took her children to the local park and left the older ones to play for a few minutes while she and the youngest child went into the shop to buy ice-cream. When she came back, there were two policemen waiting with the other children and she was told that she should not have left them unsupervised. That is outrageous in itself - I'm not aware of any law that says children must be supervised at all times - but the story gets worse. Some time later this mother offered to help in her local church and had to apply for a background check by the CRB. It came back showing she had committed an offence against children - those policemen had, without her knowledge, recorded the incident in the park and that will prevent her from taking a job or a voluntary position involving children or vulnerable adults.
A refuge for battered women is to close because local council officials think it is politically incorrect to deny men access. You don't believe it either? Read it here.
I rest my case. The world really is as bad as Victor said.