The issues surrounding fortnightly rubbish collections in Pat Regan's borough echoes the experiences of countless other residents throughout the UK. This book exposes much of the hypocrisy surrounding "green" policies. It is clear more and more people are starting to question the assurances they are given and whether, in fact, we really are "saving the planet".
This is a hard-hitting book which shows great insight into topical matters such as climate change, global warming and habitat destruction. The author quite rightly questions claims made by some scientists and provides counter-responses by experts.
One major criticism most local authorities, and even national Government, use to attack anyone who should challenge the quality of waste collection services is "You don't care about the environment." As Pat so eloquently describes the campaigns he has been involved in over a number of years, that accusation can certainly NOT be levelled at him. I share his genuine concerns that our local environments are being adversely affected by the loss of weekly refuse collections. Fly tipping is increasing and the brown rat population is booming in areas where fortnightly rubbish collections have been introduced.
From his local perspective Southport is under the spotlight yet he covers experiences across the country and highlights the inconsistencies from one borough to another. One thing is certain - many thousands of people are telling the Councillors elected to serve them that rubbish needs to be collected once a week. Some have listened and restored this service - others continue to deny the very real problems.
Doretta Cocks Campaign for Weekly Waste Collection
Mr Regan's book Dirty Politics deals largely with the issues of council waste collections. This at first might seem a strange choice of subject matter; but it serves to illustrate a larger subject and broader theme that Mr Regan is deeply passionate about-that of the rights of ordinary people, the misinformation they can sometimes be subject to and the ways in which this misinformation is put across. Not one to accept the well spun doctrine of politicians, Regan delves deep beyond this surface spin and uncovers uncomfortable truths that some may wish lay hidden. With his seemingly ever present instinct to get at the truth beyond the surface, I feel that Regan could take on many similar subjects to the one he has chosen here and shake up our perception of what lies beneath the surface veneer. This book takes us well beyond its main theme and subject matter and broadens out to be a fascinating read and gives us the reader much food for thought. Vic Harrop
This is a hard hitting, factual account by one man - yet it is a story that is told every day by all of us across the UK.
We see the detrimental effect that fortnightly waste collections have on our lives by way of unsightly piles of rubbish in torn black sacks along our high streets - the explosion of the rat population and fly tipping. Yet if we dare to complain we are accused of not caring for the environment ! The mind boggles.
Well one man has dared to question and will continue to question until he is given answers. I hope this book encourages others to also question the hypocrisy of government and local authorities - We have been bullied and manipulated by the very people we pay to ensure our lives run smoothly for too long.
Although this book focuses on waste mismanagemnt it is a concept of urban mis-managemnt and waste on a considerable scale It is a "must read" for every one who is concerned about urban deprivation and contains professional expertise that will assist anyone involved in campaigns