One of those little brown envelopes flopped on to my doormat last week and inside was the Household Notification Letter imploring me to make sure I’d got myself registered to vote in the May parliamentary and local elections.
I checked the details and apart from the usual guff about my opportunity to make my mark there was another reason (they claim) why I ought to get my name onto the Electoral Roll.
It seems my credit rating could be improved by the kudos of being officially permitted to take part.
For many, this reason is probably more pertinent to daily life than the entitlement to vote because any fool knows that whether you vote or not, life goes on but without a good credit score today you might as well chuck yourself under a bus (if you can wait that long).
Have we got ourselves into such a financial pickle that the other critical reason to be enrolled on to the register is to improve the opportunity to saddle yourself with more debt?
I know we live in an age where indebtedness does not carry the same stigma and being in hock to banks, corporations and supermarkets no longer makes you feel like you’re some sort of failure but it seems sad that even the foundation of our entire democratic society has to be sullied with an exhortation to consider your credit status.
It’s hardly surprising that the Government regards this as a legitimate reason to register when these are the same people who are sucking in loans to prop up a system that can only survive and function as long as they keep borrowing.
Since last week’s column we’ve racked up another £3.1 billion of national debt and by the time you’ve got to the bottom of this diatribe there will be another £500,000 whacked on to the George Osborne’s credit card.
So take the chance to improve your credit rating by registering.
What have you got to lose?
Back on Planet Norfolk I note a letter in Tuesday’s Lynn News from a Mr Baylis having a right old go at the state of police coverage across the county.
Our correspondent’s basic observation was that our roads are infested with traffic in breach of every basic rule under the Highway Code and the reason is because the lack of funding means we have to expect cutbacks in the form of fewer police patrols and closure of police stations.
However, I’m not sure the problem is entirely down to lack of funding so much as a difference of opinion over priorities!
And the reason I make this ill-researched comment is due to the report on the opposite page of the arrest of someone for allegedly hare coursing!
An activity well-known as an irritation to the landed classes!
So what does our constabulary do in the light of complaints that someone is poaching on farmland?
They draft in a flippin’ helicopter to catch one man and a dog! There’s your real problem Brian ... priorities.