By Cassius Methyl, from our friend TheAntiMedia:
The roads in Doncaster, UK are cracked and full of potholes and the city council refused to fix them for decades.
After members of the community put together €6,000 to fix a road and turn some of the potholes into speed bumps, the city council decided to respond by digging up the fixed roads.
Not only that, but the council says they will have anyone who tries to fix them or prevent them from being dug up, arrested.
The residents asked the workers who were sent to dig up their road to stop, and the workers stopped out of respect, so the council got upset and threatened to arrest the residents.
This is a perfect example of the dysfunctional nature of bureaucratic big government.
A news article said,
“Children in one family were sent to school with plastic bags on their feet due to the mud and dust thrown up by vehicles was so bad that residents had to keep their windows shut in the height of summer.”
The city council previously claimed they had no jurisdiction over the roads and used that as the reason they did not fix them, but when residents fixed the problem themselves, they were told the council had the power to dig up their work and arrest anyone who resisted.
A 66 year-old man who lived there for 20 years with his wife said,
“The council have always said it is an unadopted road and not their responsibility. It doesn’t make sense that we’ve been complaining to them for decades to get the road fixed and yet after one complaint and no investigation they come and start digging up our new road.”
“Now they are happy for the road that the residents put in to stay but are saying the road is theirs and the bumps have to go. Does that mean they are going to now foot the bill for the work that has already been done? We feel completely let down by the council.”
This may be a perfect way to demonstrate the dysfunctional nature of the state, and could be used as a perfect incident to illustrate the functionality of the community vs. the functionality of the state when it comes to doing things for a neighborhood.
On that note, please share this article with as many people as possible, especially people who still think the state functions better to solve problems than a community of people acting voluntarily.
(Article by Cassius Methyl, from our friend TheAntiMedia; image via image via Ben Lack Photography Ltd.)