In today’s Britain what is not expressly permitted is likely soon to be banned. Along the way we are constantly threatened with ‘tough’ new penalties:
£80 is the fine for speeding - overstaying by a minute your time at a parking meter; or getting stuck in a traffic jam at a controlled junction
£80 is the fine for emptying your waste bin onto the street -or dropping a single cigarette butt
£80 is also the on the spot fine (with no fear of getting a criminal record) for shoplifting - where a competent shoplifter will walk out with twice that value on each visit to a Central London store.
Is there a word which might sum up the loss of any sense of proportion? If there isn’t could anyone come up with one?