This country has become a joke

I READ with interest the story about the beggar from Scotland (News Post Leader, May 26).

He was fined £20 but was told to sit at the back of court until lunchtime.

What a joke this country has become.

It was also stated that it was illegal to beg in England. Walk through Blyth any day of the week and you will see men and women playing accordions for money.

Is this not begging? I beg to differ.