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This blog has migrated to www.magistratesblog.blogspot.co.uk This blog is anonymous, and Bystander's views are his and his alone. Where his views differ from the letter of the law, he will enforce the letter of the law because that is what he has sworn to do. If you think that you can identify a particular case from one of the posts you are wrong. Enough facts are changed to preserve the truth of the tale but to disguise its exact source.

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The blog is written by a retired JP, with over 30 years' experience on the Bench.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Well I Never!

The Daily Telegraph reports today that a Government department has unearthed the following amazing facts:-

The percentage of households with gardens is expected to have fallen from 91.8 per cent in 1995 to 90 per cent by next year.
By 2020, just 89.5 per cent of households are likely to have a garden.
Don't you love that 'just'? That's nine out of ten, guys.

The report from the Department for the Environment, Fisheries and Rural Affairs.........found that between 37 per cent and 44 per cent of flats had private gardens – compared to 86 per cent of terraced houses, and 99 per cent of semi-detached houses.
Well well. Who'd have thought it? Houses usually have gardens and flats usually don't. No shit, Sherlock, as they say across the water. Just in case you still haven't got it, here's a direct quote from the report:-

The likelihood of having a garden is greater for larger detached dwellings than flats.

The people who wrote this rubbish are likely to be well-paid graduates sitting in comfortable offices with the prospect of an even more comfortable index-linked final salary pension. Isn't there something more useful they could do?