£400 fine for (not) dropping a cigarette butt

The Manifesto Club was on Radio Wales with the lady who was given a £400 fine for allegedly dropping a cigarette butt – although she claims that she put it out with her foot, then put it in her pocket.

What was striking was the lack of public support for her – given that she seemed pretty sincere, and if indeed she was innocent she had had a pretty harsh time of it. Most callers seemed to think that it was good that she was being fined, and perhaps that she should be fined more.

It shows the need for more public solidarity if we’re going to be able to challenge such petty behaviour policing…