...for the "beyond parody" files:
Britain's Daily Mail reports that:
"A gardener has been ordered by council chiefs to remove three foot high barbed wire ringing his allotment - in case thieves scratch themselves climbing over it...
"Bill Malcolm, 61, took the drastic step of installing the wire in a bid to prevent burglars raiding his tool shed and ransacking his vegetable plots.
"Intruders have struck three times in four months, stealing more than £300 worth of hardware, including spades, forks and hoes as well as destroying his potato patch...
"A spokeswoman said: 'With regard to the barbed wire, when this is identified on site, we are obliged to request its removal or remove it on health and safety grounds to the general public as this is a liability issue..."
Britain today. California tomorrow. Kansas the day after tomorrow. Relentlessly, remorselessly, the contagion spreads.
For some reason, I am reminded of these lines from The Duchess of Malfi:
CARIOLA: Hence, villains, tyrants, murderers. Alas! What will you do with my lady?
Call for help!
DUCHESS: To whom? To our next neighbours?
They are mad-folks.