Posts Tagged ‘ Nanny State ’

Remember, It’s The Wonder Of The World…

September 12, 2014 6 Comments
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A woman with learning disabilities who died at Basildon Hospital while awaiting tests on gallstones was not fed for five days, an inquest heard. Her sister, Catherine Butler- Smith, visited every day and tried in vain to speak to senior staff about her deteriorating condition. And when she was fed, it wasn’t exactly an unqualified success… The court heard she was on “nil by mouth” following admission on May 26…

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Roy Greenslade Focuses On The Important News Stories…

October 3, 2013 5 Comments
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It will be interesting to see if any newspaper covers the fact that members of Britain’s armed forces appeared to join in with Scottish football fans as they sang sectarian songs at a match yesterday. ‘Appeared to’..? Well, did they, or didn’t they? You don’t seem too sure… Rival Celtic fans were quick to point to songs that are supposed to be banned from all Scottish football grounds under a…

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A Little Of What You Fancy Doesn’t Do You Good Any More..

August 10, 2013 3 Comments
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As a children’s food guru, Annabel Karmel built a multi-million-pound empire telling parents how to cook healthy meals for youngsters. And after lucrative contracts with the likes of Disney, retail chain BHS signed her up to develop a children’s menu for their restaurants. Hurrah, a British businesswoman doing business. Good news, yes? But Mrs Karmel, who was awarded an MBE in 2006 for outstanding work in child nutrition, has been…

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But Phillipa, Doctor Doesn’t Know Best…

March 4, 2013 3 Comments
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Phillipa Perry (last seen whining about attitudes to disability) on those alcohol consumption figures and why we should just shut up and tell our betters the truth if we know what’s good for us: If we put to one side mistakes such as not knowing the actual size of a unit of alcohol, it is apparent that our concern to retain a certain self-image is more important to us than our…

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Well, She Didn’t Have Anyone With Her, At Least…

December 4, 2012 9 Comments
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An 18-year-old girl has been killed after her car crashed into a telegraph pole weeks after she passed her driving test. Hannah Lodge was driving towards Langtoft on the B1249 when her grey Suzuki smashed into a telegraph pole. I have no doubt the people who last week were clamouring for restrictions on newly-qualified drivers carrying passengers, as Longrider blogged, will have a contingency plan for singletons up their sleeve.…

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Libraries: Suddenly, Icons Of The Left?

September 24, 2012 17 Comments
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Lynsey Hanley (again) missing the point: When Zadie Smith defends public libraries, you know that it’s not because it is fashionable to do so: it’s because, in her estimation, she owes her life to them. Really? According to popular music, it’s possible for a DJ to save your life, but a library? “When we were children, you’d never imagine that you’d get into a right/left argument about the purpose and…

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The bansturbators latest attack on liberty

July 10, 2012 18 Comments
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Imagine prohibiting cigarette sales to people born after 2000. Phasing out tobacco will stop the next generation taking up smoking. Actually I’d be surprised if this is really new and hasn’t been bandied around nannying and anti-tobacco circles previously, but this is the first time I’ve seen something like it being seriously mooted in the pages of a major newspaper. And I have to say that not only is it…

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The pussification of schools #6

June 19, 2012 7 Comments
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Cracked! missed one on their recent list of the 5 Biggest Pussifications of Schools, and while it’s probably not unique to this place the recent example comes from a school just south of Melbourne. No touching. Parents claim they were not told directly of the new rule, which extended a ban on contact sports … Yes, they’d already gone that far, and that depressingly common policy is touched on in…

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Nannies torturing logic

June 18, 2012 18 Comments
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Read this quote carefully as there may be questions later. Mental Health Minister Helen Morton said as there was no evidence to prove that even small amounts of alcohol were not healthy for pregnant women, no alcohol was the best advice. I’ve read that a number of times and I really can’t spot the connection between the observation that there’s no reason, none at all, to think that a small…

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Who Better To Tell The Government Their Policy Proposals On Benefits Won’t Work…

May 26, 2012 2 Comments
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…than John Sutherland, a Professor Emeritus of Modern English Literature at UCL? When asked why he gave money to beggars who would only spend it on drink, Samuel Johnson replied: “And why should they be denied such sweeteners of their existence?” I care not what Samuel Johnson does with his own money. Or what anyone else does with their own money. But this is tax money, extorted from the hardworking…

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Ah, this’ll be those not-at-all-nanny-state Tories, will it?

May 25, 2012 18 Comments
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Jesus wept. I know I’ve said this about eleventy squillion times already, but it really is like Labour never left office. Children who appear on television talent shows or reality TV programmes will have to be licensed under Government plans to prevent them being exploited for ratings. Anyone under 16 who appears in front of Simon Cowell and the other judges on Britain’s Got Talent will have to be cleared…

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‘We Don’t Want A Nanny State But…’

May 17, 2012 11 Comments
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Children as young as four are recreating violent computer games in the playground because they do not realise they are make-believe, East Riding head teachers have warned. Heads are warning schools are fighting a losing battle with children staying up late to play on XBox and PlayStation, leaving them tired for lessons. Oh no! If they can’t pay attention in lessons, a significant proportion will be illiterate and innumerate just…

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Question: What Is ‘Starvation’?

April 14, 2012 10 Comments
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Question: What Is ‘Starvation’?

If you answered ‘This’, congrats! If, on the other hand, you read this headline in the ‘Evening Standard’, you could be forgiven for wondering if it was still the 1st April: Because it now seems that the new definition of ‘starvation’ is this: At least, according to Camila Batmanghelidjh, founder and chief executive (and inveterate self-publicist) of charity Kids Company: “The number of children coming to us with hunger problems…

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Colluding In Their Own Destruction…

April 4, 2012 10 Comments
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Police are teaming up with pubs in Hucknall town centre to refuse entry to anyone found to have traces of drugs on their hands. So, better not handle any money, shake hands with any dodgy people, push open any shop doors…well, not if you want a drink, anyway! The testing works by swabbing the palm of the hand with a piece of card which is placed into a machine and…

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“Freeze, Dirtbags! Schwarma Squad!”

March 26, 2012 11 Comments
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Police kept watch at a town centre kebab shop… For their own officers sneaking a verboten kebab, perhaps? Are they taking their responsibilities to ensure svelte whippets in blue a little too seriously? Well, no: … after customers were spotted walking away with bags of takeaway food after closing time. I… I just…. This is a crime now? What, have they finally closed all the available ‘people being mean to…

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