Nanny Knows Best

Nanny Knows Best
Dedicated to exposing, and resisting, the all pervasive nanny state that is corroding the way of life and the freedom of the people of Britain.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Advice To Benedict Cumberbatch

As per the Mail.

In a statement, British anti-racism educational charity Show Racism the Red Card said the term 'colored' is now outdated and has the potential to cause offence.

It said:
"Benedict Cumberbatch has highlighted a very important issue within the entertainment industry and within society.

Appropriate terminology differs from country to country; for example, we know that in some countries the term 'colored' is still widely used, and that in the US the term 'people of color' is quite common.

The lack of representation of people from black and ethnic minority backgrounds within certain industries in the UK is an issue which needs addressing.

We are pleased that Benedict has spoken out in support of more appropriate representation and of the views of actors and campaigners like Lenny Henry.

In doing so, he has also inadvertently highlighted the issue of appropriate terminology and the evolution of language.

Show Racism the Red Card feel that the term 'colored' is now outdated and has the potential to cause offence due to the connotations associated with the term and its historical usage.

Appropriate terminology differs from country to country; for example, we know that in some countries the term 'colored' is still widely used, and that in the US the term 'people of color' is quite common.

During our work with young people in schools throughout England, we discuss appropriate language to use when describing people of different skin colors and backgrounds and explain why the term 'colored' is no longer the best way to describe someone."

In the US and in Britain, 'colored' was widely used until the 1960s, when it fell out of favour and was replaced by 'blacks' and 'people of color.'

The term 'colored' is now widely regarded as offensive, except when talking about the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Nanny Kills Common Sense


My thanks to a loyal reader who pointed me to an appalling example of Nanny nonsense, emanating from Legoland in the Trafford-Centre.

Legoland has a policy of banning adults without children from the attraction (on the principle of guilty until proven innocent).

For reasons best known to itself it also decided to apply this policy to Simon Thomason a 40 year old man with cerebal palsy and with the mental age of seven, who used to enjoy visiting the centre with his carer. As such his annual pass will not be renewed next year when it expires, even though he has been going there for 7 months.

Mr Thomason would be allowed in if he went with a child, but he is sadly not capable of looking after himself (let alone a child) without a carer.

A spokesman for Legoland is quoted by the Manchester Evening News:
"Our policy not to permit entry to groups of adults, adult couples, or lone adults, regardless of circumstances, who are not accompanied by a child or children under the age of 16 is we believe therefore appropriate and the best way to constantly maintain a welcoming environment for our young visitors.

We make no apologies for this policy and believe it to be reasonable and appropriate, and one on which we make no exceptions.

That said, we also very much appreciate the continuing appeal that Lego has for all ages, and it has never been our intention to deny access to our adult fans, or cause distress to anyone.

That is why we regularly host evening events specifically for adults in order to showcase specific attractions within the centre and these are very well attended.

We hope very much that all adult guests will join us at one of these sessions and we are sure that he would very much enjoy it.

However if an evening event is difficult for him to attend then if his family make contact we would be happy to agree a time when one of our managers is available to show him around.
Nanny has killed common sense!


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Friday, January 23, 2015

Plain Fag Packets - Fag Off!



I am ungemsued to see that Nanny is bringing forward her daft plans to make fag packets "plain" (lest the current "bright and colourful" ones tempt people to smoke).

In the event Parliament approves this harebrained scheme, plain packets will be on the shelves by 2016.

This proposal of course is bollocks:

1 It will make packets look "cool" (less is more)

2 It will spawn a whole new industry of designer fag packet containers (similar to mobile phone covers)

3 It will be a boon to the smugglers and counterfeiters.

This of course could be a massive PR stunt (akin to The Sun), one day after plain packs appear on the shelves topless packs are then introduced!

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Exercise Less


I am gemused to see that Nanny's advice that we should do 150 minutes of exercise a week, has been castigated in the BMJ as being unrealistic.

Instead of setting a target that many (eg the elderly) can't achieve, researchers argue that doctors should set more achievable targets of small increases in activity (especially for those who currently do fark all exercise).

Prof Philipe de Souto Barreto at the University Hospital of Toulouse, advises people who are sedentary to make small incremental increases in their activity levels - rather than pushing to achieve current goals.

He points to previous studies which show even short periods of walking or just 20 minutes of vigorous activity a few times a month, can reduce the risk of death, compared to people who do no exercise.

In the second article, Prof Phillip Sparling of the Georgia Institute of Technology, says doctors should tailor their advice - particularly for older patients.

He suggests using GP visits for people over 60 to discuss "realistic options" to increase activity - such as getting people to stand up and move during TV commercial breaks.

Suffice to say, Nanny is having non of this backsliding nonsense!

Prof Kevin Fenton at Public Health England, is quoted by the BBC:
"Everyone needs to be active every day - bouts of 10 or more minutes of physical activity have proven health benefits, but getting 150 minutes or more of moderate activity every week is the amount we need to positively impact on a wide range of health conditions. 

This includes reducing the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes."
It is farking pointless of Nanny to stick rigidly to the 150 minute formula, if people are put off from doing anything at all if they are told that they MUST do 150 minutes a week in order to save themselves from diseases!

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Drinking Prevents Heart Attacks

Hoozah!

Research carried out by the Harvard Medical School, has found hat middle-aged men who have up to seven drinks a week are 20% less likely to develop heart failure later in life compared to teetotallers.

The same drinking levels were also associated with a 16% reduced risk in women.

Even those drinking two or three drinks a day had the same rate of heart failure as non-drinkers.


Professor Scott Solomon, of Harvard Medical School in Boston, is quoted by the Telegraph:
"These findings suggest drinking alcohol in moderation does not contribute to an increased risk of heart failure and may even be protective." 
Hoozah!

Crack open those bottles!

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Spawn of The Nanny State


The Nanny state has spawned parents such as these, who go to war over a £15 bill for a kids' party then choose to air their dispute with the media.

I dread to think what the next generation of Nanny's spawn will be like!

Courtesy of the Telegraph:
"Tanya Walsh
Hi Julie. This is Alex's mum. I don't know what has happened between you and my partner, Derek. I was very shocked to see the invoice in Alex's school bag. I did not realise that you had to pay for each child, as you never mentioned anything about money when we spoke. The only reason Alex did not attend the party was because his nan and grandad were going away for christmas and the only day the kids could go see them was on the same day as the party. I did not know this. On the day Alex decided that he wanted to spend time with his nan and grandad. I apologise for not letting you know, but I did not have a phone number or an e-mail for you to let you know the situation(I also didn't know your first name, or I would have looked you up). If I had known that I would have to pay if Alex did not go, then I would have paid you the money, no problem. I do not like fighting with people, and would prefer to settle this amicably.
Julie Lawrence
Hi Tanya, I didn't mention the money when we spoke because it was a child's party, it doesn't matter if you have to pay per person or for a group if people agree to going, I confirmed that with all parents on the Thursday before the party that they were going as I had to pay that day, and Derek told me Alex was looking forward to it and would see us there, to me that is confirmation. My phone number was on the invitation that was sent out to Alex. I don't like fighting with people either, and was not best impressed when Derek turned up on my doorstep, and said you won't get any money out of me, rather rudely, I do admit it rattled me. This is not the first time Alex has not turned up to a party that he has been invited to, either. the amicable way round this I believe would be to pay me the money and let a lesson be learnt, I hope this is agreeable? Julie
Tanya Walsh
Hi Julie, whose party is Alex supposed to have gone to? I did speak to another mum about a party but she never got back to me with details, other than that I don't recall any other confirmed invites. The only reason Derek was angry was because of the fact that the envelope was put into Alex's school bag, when it has nothing to do with the school. He spoke to the headteacher about and she said that it's against school policy to do that kind of thing. Birthday invites are fine, but not personal items. Like I said before, no money was mentioned when we spoke, and I feel it would be inappropriate to pay you the money, when I don't know what it's actually paying for. Alex was very excited to go to the party. I didn't know until the day about his nan and grandad, and he decided he would rather spend the day with them. Like I said before I didn't have your number to let you know. And exactly what lesson would I be learning. I am not a child, so please do not speak to me like I am one. So, to answer your question, unfortunately no. This is not agreeable.
Julie Lawrence
You are paying for 1 x child's party at the ski slope including snow tubing and tobogganing and lunch, to with you said Alex was attending on the Thursday
Tanya Walsh
Just so you know, small claims court cost £60 just to start a claim. Also I'm not paying for something we didn't use.
Julie Lawrence
It doesn't cost that much
Tanya Walsh
It does. Also I don't think the school are very happy with you involving them in this either. I don't know why you are out for our blood and slandering us. I've told you the reasons why Alex didn't go. I also told you why I couldn't call. You also don't seem to understand that I never ran away from you. I didn't hear you calling after me. I have to get to my daughter at carbeile. So if they let Alex out last then I have to rush a bit because evie, my 2 year old, walks slow. So maybe that's why you thought I was rushing off. I had no reason to run to run away from you. So please do not state things as truth when you do not have all the facts. Maybe if you actually spoke to me rather than making your own mind up about what happened then none of this would be happening right now. If you had come up to us the first day back and explained about the money, then I could have explained about alex, then maybe we could have sorted something out. Instead you send an invoice."
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Monday, January 19, 2015

Cameron Overrules Pope

Following on from an attempt by God (via the Pope) to limit freedom of speech, David Cameron has come out in defence of freedom of speech and the right to offend.

He was speaking on CBS when in the USA last week, and is quoted by the BBC:
"I think in a free society, there is a right to cause offence about someone's religion. 

I'm a Christian - if someone says something offensive about Jesus, I might find that offensive, but in a free society I don't have a right to, sort of, wreak my vengeance on them."
Good for him!

I doubt that will have gone down well with the Christian fundamentalists over there; whose priority appears to be to bring about the "Rapture" as quickly as possible, by whatever means possible.

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Friday, January 16, 2015

God Bans Freedom of Speech



The Pope (God's mouthpiece on earth, if you are a Catholic) has indicated that God is feeling a little insecure these days, and has said as per the BBC:
"You cannot provoke. You cannot insult the faith of others. You cannot make fun of the faith of others. There is a limit."
It seems to me that the issue lies not with God (were he/she to exist) feeling insecure, but humans feeling insecure about their faiths (if they have one), and those "faiths" being used by some as an excuse to pursue a political "ideology".

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