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Don't squash the frogs

21 March 2011

“The frogs?” The armed police officer looked bemused. “What do you mean ‘don’t squash the frogs’?”

The member of the public who had raised the froggy issue was persistent: “Your vehicles have been squelching frogs on the road. Can’t you drive smaller vehicles?”

The officer looked momentarily as though he could not make up his mind whether to shoot or placate. Fortunately he chose the latter and apologised on behalf of the Ministry of Defence police for crushing the village frogs, but said that sadly they did not have any smaller vehicles.

Like frogs parish councils are strange creatures. I don’t of course mean that parish councillors are strange creatures – at least not the ones I share a table with every month. Despite their name (and the episodes of The Vicar of Dibley) parish councils have nothing to do with the church. Quite the reverse. They were created in 1895 specifically to take authority for running village matters away from the c...

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