Saturday, November 12

Nannying nonsense

From the Editor's keyboard.
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In the same week a 15 year old school girl was stabbed six times with a pair of scissors while in the lunch queue at school, the British Standards Institution announced that fountain pens are now too dangerous for children under the age of 14.
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Amazingly, the headmaster of Collingwood College, Camberley, where the stabbing took place, announced in a subsequent press statement that contrary to the image evoked by the stabbing, his was actually a good school, evidence for his statement was apparently based on a Ofsted inspection - a "quality systems" box ticking exercise.
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Meanwhile over in North Wales, Chief Constable Richard Brunstrom whose love affair with fixed speed (revenue) cameras has been thwarted by the Home Office has found a new target: his own officers - well at least those that smoke. An internal advertisement authorised by the Chief, specifically bars smokers from becoming traffic officers and in a further decree, he has ordered staff who smoke at work to "end their nasty practice".
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Unbelievably, pictures of Victorian newly weds as well as romantic Romeo and Juliet images have been removed from Liverpool Register Office by the superintendant in charge - and the reason why? The pictures might offend same-sex couples taking vows.
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A humourous point could well be made at this juncture but I prefer (at the risk of sounding pompous) that the false philosophy behind this nonsensical ethos is nothing short of an insult to the millions of dead to whom this weekend we quite rightly pay tribute. Mind you, I expect to report this time next year that the pins with which we affix our poppies to our lapels will be banned by some public safety regulation.
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1 comment:

Kelly said...

I think instead of worrying that the fountain pen is the cause of the problem, time would be better spent in finding out WHY it happened in the first place. What made this seem like acceptable behaviour? How have we lost such control over our children that makes them think they can do this to each other? AND get away with blaming the other person?

I work in a fabrics section of a department store and one day a man was picking up some fabric for his wife. He watched me cut it, fold it, and then place the price page to the top piece with a straight pin. As it was handed to him, he was told to be careful of the pin. He later poked himself on the pin, reported it to the general manager of the store as dangerous to himself and others and threatened legal action if he wasn't compensated for his pain and agony. We now use paper clips to attach the price page to the fabric. Until, of course, someone flips it off the fabric and hits their arm, or pinches their finger in the paper clip then we might have to go to adhesive tape.

I am allergic to cigarette smoke but I have friends who smoke. I think it is a matter of personal choice and not something that should be legislated except under a certain age. I don't think that it should be so readily available to those under at least age 18. To hamper someone from working due to this is silly in the extreme. Unless they are blowing smoke into the faces of those they pull over they should just make a separate area for them to go to smoke.

Welcome, to the new world! Where images and icons that have been and are acceptable by the majority are now removed because it might be objectionable to the minority. I have friends who are involved in same sex relationships, both male and female, and after reading this article I asked for their opinion. For each of the 4 couples and 3 individuals, who are same sex orientated, they all said that they had no objection to those images being around them if they were to marry. That growing up they accepted this standard even though they live a different one. In fact, several of them laughed and said if the images and pictures needed a home they would be willing to accept them to display in their own homes as they really enjoyed Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.

And as to your last comment, you are totally correct and I agree with you completely. Pretty soon we will need to be government protected from everything and have the government decide every aspect of our lives. Oh, sorry, I forgot, you have the EU for that now, don't you?