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How to Label a Goat

The Silly Rules and Regulations that are Strangling Britain

By Ross Clark
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About the Author

Ross Clark

Ross Clark is a journalist who writes extensively for the Spectator, the Daily Mail, the Daily Express and for many other publications. For many years he wrote the Thunderer column on the Times.
Ross is also the bestselling author of How to Label a Goat: The silly rules and regulations that are strangling Britain, The Road to Southend Pier: One man's struggle against the surveillance society, A ... Read more on Ross Clark

Contents Listing

1. How to label a goat
2. I can't honestly say it is a new phenomenon...
3. No taxation without complication
4. Caring to death
5. Nosing around our homes
6. Diversity
7. Belt and braces and elastic and Velcro too
8. The European Union
9. The countryside
10. Waste
11. Thou shalt not have fun
12. Work
13. Crime
14. Transport
15. Just to prove that you actually exist...
16. The young
17. They say they're trying
18. Some bedtime reading...
19. A few absurdities to finish...
20. Conclusion

Questionnaire
1. How to label a goat
2. I can't honestly say it is a new phenomenon...
3. No taxation without complication
4. Caring to death
5. Nosing around our homes
6. Diversity
7. Belt and braces and elastic and Velcro too
8. The European Union
9. The countryside
10. Waste
11. Thou shalt not have fun
12. Work
13. Crime
14. Transport
15. Just to prove that you actually exist...
...

Jacket Text

Brand new paperback edition.

Have you ever thrown your arms up in despair while trying to complete an official form and asked yourself "Just what is the point of this?" You're not alone. This book exposes some of the most petty and bizarre rules and regulations which are blighting the lives of Britons today. From the 45 pages of instructions on how to correctly label a goat (or sheep) to the impact that being a deep-sea diver might have on your tax return. If it wasn't so serious, it would be quite funny.

Among his other discoveries are:

- A rugby club in Ilfracombe was so burdened by health and safety rules that it was forced to abandon its real-life bonfire and instead celebrate Guy Fawkes' night with a 'virtual bonfire' projected onto a screen.

- Employers must not hold important meetings on 31 October - it might discriminate against pagans, who, of course, celebrate the festival of Samhain on that day.

- A woman from Kilbride was given an ASBO forbidding her from answering the door in her underwear.

A motorist in Waltham Forest, East London, was fined for parking on double yellow lines that were not even there when he parked his car. The lorry painting the lines had drawn around the stationary vehicle.

All completely true and all contained, along with hundreds of others, in this eye-opening little book.

Professional Reviews

"Ross Clark, a writer with an angry swarm of bees in his bonnet, leaves no stone unturned in his mission to expose how far we have sunk into a Kafkaesque world of intrusive and often pointless nannying. But he does it with such a light touch that the barrage of bonkers bureaucracy never palls." - Tom Stevenson, Daily Telegraph

"Ross Clark stylishly mocks red tape - the classification of organ pipes as hazardous waste, or the restriction on Army bagpipe practice to 24 minutes a day." - Christopher Howse, The Sunday Telegraph

"This is an excellent little book and I urge every reader to buy one for yourself and one for your MP." - Economic Affairs, June 2007

" a marvellous compendium of silly rules and regulations" - Iain Dale, political writer and broadcaster

"It's a brilliant read. If anyone wants to have a laugh by themselves - and laugh out loud in many cases - then may I suggest that you buy this book!" - Andie Harper, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

"If you get fed up with red tape, this book is for you. It's really very interesting and quite comical in many respects. It's a little bit like the TV series, Grumpy Old Men - this is Grumpy Old Men for legislation!" - Graham Seaman, BBC Radio Swindon


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