"I find it a joy to live in such a society that has the wealth to afford to pay people to do a 'job' (the inverted commas are there lest you object to your vocation's being being described as a job) without any obvious benefit to society. Poets, musicians etc., etc. fall into this category as well."
So, poetry has no "obvious benefit to society".
If I may suggest a small reading in return:
"Watch out he's winding the watch of his wit, by and by it will strike." - The Tempest.
that sounds like a great idea if not just for a bit of a giggle on how a council justifys continual magnitude-above-inflation increases year on year. Im sure that Southwark being below the average council tax bill has a lot to do with the average property prices both in and out of the area. How much are the bills in "fat cat" areas pushing the London average up? If prices in Knightsbridge, Chelsea etc increase by 40% and Southwark by 10%, Im sure that those councils are cashing in on a higher percentage of homes moving into more expensive band ranges.
In reality, the average Londonder pays £4500 in tax of which £4000 leaves London. Council tax is one way of crawling back the money that central government is stealing away from Londonders.
Heres one to start
How much does it cost the council to repair a hole in the road? If its deemed too much, what is the acceptable amount a person can claim from the council for burst tyres, ruined wheels or suspension?
Having lived in three different council areas in London, I would have to say without doubt that the roads of Southwark are the worst (and yes, one of them was Wimbledom).
Honestly, Kevin! No obvious benefit unlike binmen, which I think was the point of this (increasingly epic) thread. (As in binmen do wonderful things in the world, and should be paid lots, whereas merchant bankers and their ilk don't and shouldn't.)
Great. Two antagonists. Mappie, you're happy to change the direction of the thread to have a pop at Adele. When it's coming the other way, you lose interest. What happened to our totally irrelevant rant about poetry? 'Bin', by the way, must be the least poetic word in the language. Mate. He needs some help, Dave.