in (formerly great) Britain anymore.
A Down's syndrome man and Special Olympics champion who has been working for free for years is now being charged a fee to wash councillors' dishes.
Virgil Taylor has been helping to wash up, wipe tables and set up trolleys in a restaurant used by town hall staff for 17 years as part of subsidised adult care services.
Every week Mr Taylor - who won a gold medal at the Special Olympics in Glasgow in 2005 - has attended 10 sessions run by the William Knowles Centre in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset.
But now savage cuts have ended the subsidies and the 34-year-old will have to pay £2.50 per session for the 'privilege' of cleaning up after councillors.
Mr Taylor will even be charged for non-attendance, his mother said.
But don't worry: your betters have things well in hand: A council spokesman added: 'A non-attendance charge will only be applied for repeated failure to attend. It will not apply for planned absences.'
Well, la-de-effin'-da, isn't that nice of them?
And, while on the subject of (fg)Britain, here's a judge who should have his wig set on fire. After it's been glued to his head.
The most senior judge in England yesterday gave his blessing to the use of sharia law to resolve disputes among Muslims.
Lord Chief Justice Lord Phillips said that Islamic legal principles could be employed to deal with family and marital arguments and to regulate finance.
He declared: 'Those entering into a contractual agreement can agree that the agreement shall be governed by a law other than English law.'
In his speech at an East London mosque, Lord Phillips signalled approval of sharia principles as long as punishments - and divorce rulings - complied with the law of the land.
Which will last until the usual suspects whine that the 'law of the land' is infringing on their religions and cultural traditions.
Brits: stock up on arms. Before everything blows.