Rules and reg­u­la­tions

Campbeltown Courier - - LETTERS -

MANY peo­ple com­plain about seem­ingly over-zeal­ous rules and reg­u­la­tions. And there is no doubt that taken in­di­vid­u­ally many en­vi­ron­men­tal health, plan­ning and trad­ing stan­dards rules seem over au­thor­i­ta­tive. An ex­am­ple might be the sell­ing of fruit or veg­eta­bles. In fruit shops even in­di­vid­ual bananas are weighed al­though or­anges might be sold at 30p each. A bag of or­anges is usu­ally weighed and for that to hap­pen a set of stan­dard­ised scales are used. Weights and mea­sures are an im­por­tant part of retail life to en­sure that cus­tomers get what they pay for. It al­ways seems that big­ger busi­nesses, which are per­ceived to have more money, can meet every chal­leng­ing rule. Equally in Kin­tyre, as ev­ery­where, there are many small op­er­a­tors who com­ply and are suc­cess­ful. To claim as one busi­ness owner did this week that they did not have time to com­ply with the rules is no ex­cuse when oth­ers have to abide by the reg­u­la­tions. It is com­pletely un­re­al­is­tic to ex­pect a coun­cil to ap­ply some dis­cre­tion to one busi­ness and not to another.

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