He said, entirely, so far as I could tell (for it was radio) straightfaced, something along the lines of ' I get more letters about dog dirt and littering than any TWO other topics! This is something the public really cares about!"
Well, yes. Because people who witness illicit pooing** or chip wrappings on a roadside are not usually injured, or traumatised. Writing to a petty local politician is a sane reaction to an annoyance of that kind. You don't write to the Mayor to complain you have been exploded by terrorists, that would NOT be a sane reaction, but it's not something that could happen without outrage!
There is a man who has totally lost the connection between what is genuinely important, and what sort of thing generates letters to the local council. A perfect demonstration of why local politicians should be picked by lot from people who don't want to be them.
* I don't know, it is now!
** I am against failing to poopick, in case anyone is wondering. It's a bad thing and it spoils places for dog owners as much as everyone else - possibly more so, dog owners that don't pick up poo provoke dog bans.