Every so often, you read the silly stories among the dross that constitutes the BBC website and in the middle of the dung heap of blind obedience and statism there shines a tiny gem. Today, hidden among the crap, I saw one such, like a little beacon of light in the darkness of the outer reaches of the galaxy.
Dog-owning parents at a Nottingham school have complained after being asked to leave their pets at home while picking up their children.
Middleton Primary School in Wollaton made the request following complaints pupils felt intimidated by dogs tied-up close to the entrance.
It also said a staff member had been bitten by a dog outside the school.
Okay, there are a number of things going on here. We could, of course, remind ourselves that only a couple of generations ago, parents didn’t collect their children from school – we all walked alone after the first couple of trips. And, no, it isn’t that much more dangerous with predatory paedophiles on every street corner, no matter what the screaming media and servile politicians might tell us.
Then there is the issue of animals being kept under control. If a dog bites, the bitten must take issue with the owner of that animal, not all owners of dogs who happen to be collecting their children from the school. This is known as collective punishment and is always wrong and should always be robustly resisted.
If children are intimidated by dogs, then it is time they were acclimatised to them and taught not to be intimidated, not having their fears enabled by hiding the animals away. They are going to have to face dogs at some point in their lives – unless they, too, are to be banned.
All that said, the school’s fence is private property and the school may, should it wish, insist that dogs are not tied to it.
Dog-owner Rosa Windsor said: “I’m ignoring it. I don’t think they have any right to tell us where to walk our dogs.”
And there, ladies and gentlemen, is our gem. Rosa Windsor is absolutely right. Outside the school is the public highway. She has every right to wait there with her dog. Deliberately and publicly disobeying the diktats of petty jobsworths who exceed their authority is absolutely the right response. It is just a shame that more don’t take such a healthy belligerent response. But still, green shoots and all that…