A good reason not to pay your Council Tax


[This entry originally appeared on Clare Lynch’s blog, goodcopybadcopy]

Thanks to reader Blake Evans for alerting me to this story about Birmingham City Council banning the apostrophe in its road signs.

A tad worrying that the head of the city’s transport scrutiny committee, Councillor Martin Mullaney, seems to think that a basic grasp of the apostrophe is an advanced level skill.

Don’t know what the schools are like in Birmingham, Martin, but I had mastered it before the age of ten.

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6 Responses to A good reason not to pay your Council Tax

  1. JH February 2, 2009 at 10:25 pm #

    There was a surfeit of apostrophes at Waterloo Station this morning

  2. Clare Lynch February 2, 2009 at 10:32 pm #

    They started off so well, too. Then they went ruined it by hedging their bets the second time round.

  3. Brad Shorr February 2, 2009 at 11:07 pm #

    If your politicians are confused by apostrophes, you’ve got an even sorrier bunch than we have here in the U.S. And that’s really saying something.

  4. Clare Lynch February 3, 2009 at 12:14 pm #

    Yes, Brad, they are, indeed, pretty hopeless or despicable or both.

  5. katypea February 6, 2009 at 2:00 pm #

    “St. Thomas’ Hospital” (as per the directional signage around Waterloo) or “St. Thomas’s Hospital” (as per my sheer editorial common sense). Please tell me i won the arguement with The Boyfriend last night…?

  6. Clare Lynch February 9, 2009 at 11:41 am #

    Hi katypea – you inspired me to write a new post about this question. You’ll find the answer there!

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