“Save Us, Big Nanny State! From Ourselves!”

On Friday afternoon, Joanne Corboy, 37, from Leigh, and Catherine Osborne, 43, from Westcliff, spotted two 11-year-olds struggling in the water off Chalkwell Beach.

Ms Corboy and a male passer-by went into the water and dragged the youngsters out, while Ms Osborne stayed on shore and called the emergency services. The boys, called Liam and Shane, were taken to Southend Hospital for treatment.

Phew! All’s well that ends well?

Little Liam & Shane will (hopefully) grow up older and wiser (or maybe breed more cretins to be rescued by the Ms Corboy’s own children, more likely).

But wait! Someone must be at fault, and it can’t possibly be Liam & Shane, or their idiot parents!

Days after the rescue, the two women called for more warnings and extra safety equipment.

Ms Corboy said: “Safety around the beach really needs to be highlighted, because the tide does come in quickly in Chalkwell. The boys were unsupervised and when I jumped in, there was nothing nearby for me to grab to help float them back to shore.”


Southend RNLI spokesman Den Freeman said there were already some safety boards along the seafront and urged swimmers to take notice of them.

No, Den, you don’t understand!

There needs to be more of ’em! In fact, there needs to be one EVERY TWO FEET!


Scott Dolling, Southend Council’s tourism manager, said: “We do provide boards across the seafront with safety information. We also employ resort assistants through the season to patrol and help assist visitors with matters including safety and first aid.”

Scott didn’t add ‘…but it’d make no bloody difference if we had a hundred of them, we still can’t be bloody EVERYWHERE so people need to take some personal responsibility for their bloody brats!’ but I bet he was thinking it…

As a commenter points out:

V_is_back says…

The tides haven’t changed, the beaches haven’t changed, the weather hasn’t changed, yet every year we hear of more people getting into trouble off Southend’s coast. So if the conditions haven’t changed then the people must have changed.

I think it’s an intelligence issue caused by the health and safety culture. There are too many signs. People are now so dumbed down they are little more than witless cattle incapable of thinking for themselves. Basically, if there isn’t a sign saying ‘Beware’ or ‘Danger’ or ‘Do Not!’ they are incapable of assessing or imagining there may be risk. You can see this every day at pedestrian crossings: people will press the button to make the little green man light up… even if the road is empty! Or, if there is no pedestrian crossing they are unable to figure out how to cross a road safely (this works both ways as when the same people are in their cars they think people only cross roads at crossings).

The health and safety culture has bred a society of morons.

It’s as simple as that.

Yes. It really is.

4 comments for ““Save Us, Big Nanny State! From Ourselves!”

  1. September 2, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Darwin is really coming into his own these days, n’est-ce-pas?

    • September 2, 2012 at 11:14 am

      Needs to work twice as hard, sadly! 👿

  2. Maaarrghk!
    September 4, 2012 at 5:52 am

    I got shouted at in Germany a few years back for not waiting for the little green man to light up – apparently the law there says that you must operate the crossing and wait for the green man to light, even if THERE IS NO BLOODY TRAFFIC.

    • David A. Evans
      September 4, 2012 at 6:28 am

      Been the same there since at least the ’70s.


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