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.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Students Favour Conformity Over Free Speech


The Times reports that fewer than half of students consistently support freedom of speech and two fifths favour censorship and no-platforming of controversial speakers, research has shown.

A “culture of conformity” may also be having an effect on undergraduates, who are often too intimidated to espouse unpopular views on campus, according to a report by the think tank Policy Exchange.

It is disheartening, to say the least, that those who are at university favour closing their minds to ideas that they consider "controversial".

The report recommends that Universities should:

1. Adopt an academic freedom commitment, such as the Chicago Principles, that clearly states that ‘debate or deliberation may not be suppressed because the ideas put forth are thought by some or even most members of the University community to be offensive, unwise, immoral, or wrong-headed’.

2. Appoint an Academic Freedom Champion (AFC), reporting directly to the Vice-Chancellor, with the power to investigate complaints of political discrimination across the Higher Education Institution (HEI), and to recommend actions as appropriate.

A closed mind sees nothing!

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Friday, November 08, 2019

Nanny Bans "It"


Commiserations to the pupils at Rudyard Kipling Primary School, Woodingdean, were reportedly told they could no longer touch each other while playing at break time.

It has left children feeling “bored” at break times, while some parents say it will turn their children into “snowflakes” because they are being mollycoddled.

The Argus reports that a letter sent home to parents by the headteacher Joanne Smith said it follows concerns about “play fighting and rough play” that were “causing some children to get upset”.

She said games such as “it” and “team it” had “escalated” and said a new “gentle hands” rule was in place at the school.

It included teaching children “lots of new games” that follow the gentle rule.

Whilst Mrs Smith has told parents it does not mean children cannot touch each other, parents say their children were told not to touch one another.


A letter from Mrs Smith to parents states:
To clarify, ‘Gentle Hands’ does not mean ‘no touching’. The children are of course allowed to hold hands or play clapping games with a friend should they wish to.

Gentle Hands simply means playing games outside that do not need to be physical.

This will ensure the playground is a happy, safe and calm place where everyone can enjoy their lunchtime running around and getting the exercise we know is important to them.”
I take it rugby etc is banned at this school?

A non scientific observation/query raises its head, as schools seek to cover kids in cotton wool and ban contact sports, "it" etc how is it that the levels of street violence appears to be escalating?

Could it be that by banning these games Nanny is breeding a generation of kids/teens who can't cope with reality, or control their emotions, and resort to hysterical violence when reality bites?

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Tuesday, November 05, 2019

Safety Advice For Guy Fawkes


As loyal readers know, this site does not normally dispense safety advice.

However, as it is Guy Fawkes, I would like to suggest to those of you intending to have some fireworks tonight to use the traditional bottle or tube launching pad for your rockets not your arse!

The above photo is apparently genuine, and has given rise to the Royal Society for The Prevention of Accidents warning:
"It doesn’t take a bright spark to know that fireworks are not to be toyed with."

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Painkillers Help Depression?


Now here's an interesting thing, it seems that taking two painkillers a day can reduce the symptoms of depression, a study has suggested. The findings have prompted calls for trials on whether over-the-counter pills could be prescribed for mental health disorders.

Scientists reviewed 26 previous studies to look at the effect of anti-inflammatory drugs, including ibuprofen and aspirin, on the symptoms of “major depressive disorder”. These include low moods and the inability to feel pleasure.

Researchers from the University of Science and Technology in Wuhan, China, found that the drugs were 79 per cent more effective at eliminating symptoms and 52 per cent more effective at reducing their overall severity than a placebo.

The problem, I suspect, will come when Nanny will decide that because those with depression may need a prescription to obtain painkillers (that are currently sold "over the counter") then all painkillers will be subjected to an "only by prescription" order irrespective of the reason for needing the painkiller.

Or am I being just a tad too cynical?

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Monday, October 28, 2019

The Dangers of Poppies


As loyal readers know Nanny always manages to stay one step ahead of the health and safety game, by moving the goal posts.

Case in point being her ban on large sized poppies being attached to lampposts in Stalybriudge Greater Manchester.

Last year large scale poppies were attached to the lampposts, and residents assumed the same would happen this year. Unfortunately, Nanny has moved the goalposts.

The Sun reports that shopkeeper Peter Taylor was astonished to receive the refusal letter which read:
I regret that we are not able to support your request . . . last year was a ‘one-off’ to commemorate the centenary for the end of the First World War.

The council has stringent health and safety guidelines it has to comply with including stress and push testing of lamp columns.

This is a service we would need to procure and we do not have the budget for it.
For the record, each poppy weighs no more that a plastic picnic plate.

Parish Councillor Neil Allsopp is quoted:
It’s a ludicrous decision. This is when we recognise the sacrifice that men and women made for this country.

I can’t believe the mentality and the lack of feeling of the people behind it. May they hang their heads in shame.”
Thameside District Council have not provided a comment.

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Friday, October 25, 2019

Oxford University Bans Clapping


It seems that mankind's tradition (it goes back to at least the 6th century BC) of clapping when showing approval has fallen foul of Nanny and her minions.

Students at the University of Oxford have voted to ‘replace clapping’ with a silent wave because it ‘could trigger anxiety’.

They are instead being told to use ‘jazz hands’, where they wave their hands in the air.

The new rules will apply at student union events, and if successful, rolled out to other societies and events.

This makes the students of Oxford look utterly ridiculous.

How did mankind survive before 21st century Nanny and her minions came along?

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