Councils don't like Banksy. He's into graffiti and is bad. His vandalism must be eradicated.
A mural by graffiti artist Banksy, which once featured on the cover of a single by rock band Blur, has been painted over by Hackney Council.
The spoof image of the Royal Family, painted on the side of a building in Stoke Newington, east London, was partially covered with black paint.
But then, if it is their wall, then that's up to them.
The building's owner was in tears as she begged workmen to stop. By the time she persuaded them it was almost gone.
The building's owner? Hang on, what's going on here?
Property owner Sofie Attrill gave consent for the mural to be painted on the building so it could be photographed for the launch of Blur's 2003 single Crazy Beat.
So why were the council of all people painting over it?
Hackney Council needed permission to remove the mural because it was on private property.
But its letters were sent to an address Ms Attrill lived at 25 years ago.
After receiving no response the council served an enforcement notice.
So they needed permission to do it, and when that permission wasn't forthcoming, they went ahead and did it anyway.
Hackney Council was initially unrepentant.
Well, there's a surprise.
It isn't your fucking building, so why the hell are you cleaning it? If I started slapping paint over a council owned wall, I would expect to have my collar felt for it. It is, after all, not my wall to paint.
Cllr Alan Liang said: "The council's position is not to make a judgement call on whether graffiti is art."
But he later added: "Due to a problem at the land registry unfortunately our letters stating our intention to clean this building didn't reach the owner.
And yet, Hackney Council seem to think they have the liberty to paint over any wall they damn well please. One rule for us. . .
I'd be suing the bastards for criminal damage, or getting the muppet in charge of whichever thick as pig shit department perpetrated this act of willful vandalism arrested for same, let's get his DNA and fingerprints recorded.