I see that the Xmas rubbish is still where I left it, outside the gate; the same thing for everyone else in the street waiting for the rubbish collectors. The interesting thing is that every bag has been torn-open and rifled and it's not been by seagulls or foxes either.
I started using a shredder a couple of years ago, knowing what I do about rampant ID theft in this country, which is fast becoming a plague. A couple of household bills and before you know it, someone is claiming benefit in your name. also check your credit rating every year, just to be sure that someone else isn't using your address.
Now if you thought the taxman was proof of our living in a police state but with none of the benefits, read today's newspaper story that tax inspectors are being offered bonuses of up to £2,000 to squeeze more money out of the rest of us.
They can earn up to three per cent of their salary if they track down more unpaid tax.
Official figures show the taxman takes nearly a quarter of all pay, compared with less than 19 per cent before Labour came to power in 1997.
HM Revenue and Customs is under pressure to increase the amount it collects every year, which means tax inspectors are feeling the heat.
Statistically, this all means that someone reading this piece of news is going to be on the receiving-end of the government's own extortion racket. I recall there was a scandal about the same thing in the USA a few years ago but here, we fail to recognise that civil servants can and often do abuse their powers where financial "incentives" are concerned. What's your view? Do you trust the taxman to be fair?
Taxman's bonus for making you pay more : "