I have been writing articles for this site for a number of months now, and have become rather used to Nanny's strange ideas; few of them now cause me to raise more than an eyebrow of disdain.
However, this latest outburst of Nannying really goes beyond the pale.
It seems that Nanny feels that teddy bears, given away as prizes in gambling arcades, are too much of a temptation to people to gamble!
Nanny therefore wants to ban them.
Nanny believes that these cuddly bears lure youngsters into a lifetime of gambling. May I ask, has anyone ever won one of these?
I know that I haven't.
The Department of Culture, Media and Sport argues that young people should still be allowed to play at the arcades; in itself a contradiction of logic. surely?
However, it believes the prizes should not be too big. A spokesman said:
"The Government believes that children should be able to play these machines but the stakes and prizes should discourage them playing too much."
Now I must say that even by Nanny's warped reasoning, this latest nonsense is absurd. Nanny seems to have forgotten that she is loosening up the rules on casinos; these, you will recall, actually give cash prizes away!
Surely cash is far more tempting to gamblers, than teddy bears?
I would also remind Nanny that she happily endorses the National Lottery, surely one of the biggest gambling lures to ordinary people that there is.
Those of you wishing to save the teddy bear, may care to purchase one of Nanny's finest (seen here) from Nanny's Store.