Parking boss in parking scandal!
Reform of the blue badge parking system, in a bid to crack down on fraud, has been all over the news recently. Even Ouch's own Disability Bitch was moved to stop eating cake, get off the sofa and write about it last week.
But for a moment, I don't want to talk about fraud. I want to talk about what sort of non-disabled people park in our parking bays. Why oh why oh why (and yes, I know I sound like I'm writing a letter to a local newspaper) does it always seem to be the people who should know better who break this particular rule? Police officers, mayors, government ministers. And now, a local councillor in Brighton who is - oh, feel the irony! - actually the person responsible for parking in the area. Oops.
Geoffrey Theobald, in his role as the cabinet member for transport, has led a series of campaigns against the abuse of disabled parking badges, recently parked his very posh and shiny blue Jaguar in a disabled bay at Brighton and Hove City Council's head office when attending a meeting there.
When asked about the incident, Councillor Theobald said: "Every single space in the car park is a very short distance from the door and there is a guy who keeps a constant watch on it and if I needed to move the car I would have come straight down. I could have been 30 minutes late trying to find a space. What more am I expected to do?"
Earlier this year, however, Mr Theobald said that it was important to "make sure disabled parking is available for those who really need it". Hmm.