If you have done nothing wrong you have nothing to worry about
FFS how naive can you be? We have councils using laws designed to catch terrorist for checking that you have complied with rules around which bins to use for your rubbish.
Just to prove the fallacy of your statement, lets take a fairly simple example where you put your bin out and head off to work.. before the bin men comes a neighbour decides to dump a load of his rubbish in your bin because it won't fit in his... Bin men turn up, your bin is overflowing.. you get the fine. You do have something to worry about.
Also you seem to be confusing the point of the legisalation. If the Government said it wanted to introduce new surveillance powers to allow Councils to catch people that let dogs foul the footpath, and Parliment approved the legislation, then at least it went through a legal process.
What you actually have is Councils using powers designed for a very serious purpose (combating terrosim) to be used for what at best is general 'naughtiness' that you're most likely to get a fine for (payable to the council).
So rather than "chill", I might get a little bit irate that a free and democratic country is spying on it's citizens (including access to phone records, emails and tailing suspects... this isn't just CCTV) for nuicance crimes and revenue generation.
Apologies for the rant... but people's perspectives are seriously FUBAR on this. One women I heard interviewed about this on Newsbeat said "I wish people would stop referring to the councils using the legislation for petty crimes.. dog muck on pavements isn't petty. It gets on the wheels of my push chair and ends up in the house".
If people really think their inability to steer round some dog muck should have the same investigative powers as 7/7 then they have their priorities messed up.
Monty, I m going to say CHILL again because I am not naive, I m a soldier who has seen the world (not just Iraq and Afghan) and if the average bloke is going to get upset about laws and regs that can assist in both serious and not so serious crime/incidents rather than enjoy the freedoms in this country, then crack on, get wound up because it is here to stay. I m in a line of work where this is vital and you would be surprised how much petty stuff identifies far worse crime. If you are an upstanding member of the community with nothing to hide and you get a bin fine, write a letter, fight your corner but you may be interested to know that many serious terrorists have been discovered through low level and seemingly petty stuff from local councils, cameras, nosey neighbours etc.
Perspective perspective perspective! there are places in the world where your minor rant would get your tongue cut out. We should be grateful we are in a society where we can have so much freedom, a site like this would be shut down in some other countries I will not name.
Niave I am not, realistic I am and yes I do get upset when I get dogturds on my beautiful shoes, and if my neighbour puts his stuff in my bin, no doubt he would be stupid enough to throw soemthing away with his address on and and use it to discuss with him he may want to consider not doing it. Too much paranoia, not enough neighbourly attitude.Nothing a bottle of wine and a low cut top and a smile wont cure. (Try putting on a low cut top and smiling - gets you miles in this shallow world.)
Dont rant, relax, we got your back.
Monty, come here and give me a hug.....come on, come here, come on..............................there we go, not so bad. Move next door to me, I ll look after you.
I love this country an in the end most people who have the positions to do something about the problems are doing their best, there are about 70 million people doing nothing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!