“A minister in Dudley wanted to erect a cross in the grounds of his new church building, and was told by the local council that this would cost £75 since, under legislation, a cross is categorised as an advertisement.
These sorts of stories come up quite often, and are usually followed, as soon as they reach the media, by a retraction, and the explanation that there has been a misunderstanding. But in an impressive display of bloody-mindedness, Dudley council is sticking to its guns, doggedly adhering to the letter of the Town and Country Planning Act, and ignoring the spirit. It is also trying to lay the blame at the deputy prime minister’s door, since his office sets the £75 fee. One can only imagine the splutter over the cornflakes when Prescott read that this damaging PR run-in between church and state was all his fault.”
(Via The Guardian.)