Last month, we learnt that zombies, should they choose to invade Leicester, would face even less opposition than greeted the Libyan rebels as they entered Tripoli.
Then it happened (kind of):
Not surprisingly, the ‘Are you prepared for Zombie attacks’ FOI took on a life of its own – with a deluge of similar FOIs elsewhere.
The most amusing response came from Bristol City Council, which produced what I assume is a spoof ‘zombie attack plan.’ Wolverhampton Council perhaps produced the sniffiest response, saying no such plan existed and that it cost, on average £100 to deal with each FOI. If it really cost £100 to prove that no zombie plan exists at Wolverhampton Council, it’s probably a clear sign that zombies have already taken over.
Anyway, enough of the zombies. We’re now on to aliens. The Liverpool ECHO this week reported on how Merseyside Police, Merseyside Fire and Rescue and Liverpool Primary Care Trust have both confirmed, under FOI, that they don’t have any specific plans to deal with an alien invasion. The FOI request, for the record, wasn’t submitted by the ECHO. It came via whatdotheyknow.com – and it’s clear the requester had thought hard about what he meant by an alien:
“Can you please furnish me with any and all information held by yourselves relating to plans to deal with an alien invasion?
“By alien, I mean a life-form that evolved on a planet other than Earth, and travelled here by any means possible.”
If you look at the comments at the foot of the Liverpool ECHO article, you’ll see complaints that the alien FOI isn’t the only one Merseyside Fire and Rescue has rejected on the grounds of it being vexatious. Perhaps the truth is out there now … aliens or not, we’ve another example of a public body which doesn’t like being held to account?