Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Nanny Bans Granny
It seems that not only does Nanny hate teenagers, but she also hates the elderly.
That at least is the experience of Betty Wilbraham, an 82 year old grandmother, who was going for a quiet drink in her local pub - the Hereward in Ely Cambridgeshire.
Betty, as per the custom of a lady brought up in a more genteel age, wears a hat when she goes out. Unfortunately the Hereward has imposed a "No Hats" policy, in order to allow their CCTV system to identify trouble making scumbags.
Now this policy, if applied in a sensible manner, is perfectly reasonable; there are trouble making scumbags who use hoodies and hats to hide from the camera. It is not unreasonable for the pub to ask "likely looking lads" to reveal their acne and pox ridden faces, lest they start to "kick off".
Unfortunately we live in the age of Nanny, where the state has taken responsibility for every aspect of our lives.
We no longer take responsibility for any aspect of our lives, and we have stopped thinking and using our common sense.
Needless to say Betty's hat caused the jobsworth morons running the pub some form of seizure, they asked her to remove it for security reasons.
The staff were of the opinion that there was a risk she would not be recognised on CCTV cameras if she started any trouble.
I would point out that the hat had maroon ribbons, I am sure that she could have been tracked down by our ever resourceful boys in blue in the event of her "kicking off"; after all if they have the nonce to record the Attorney General on the phone, then they certainly can track down an 82 year old.
Betty, towering above many at just over 5 foot, is none too impressed with the pub and vented her spleen:
"It is ludicrous to think that a little old lady like me could cause trouble in a pub.
I don't consider myself a threatening person.
It just shows the ridiculous nature of some of these rules and regulations.
Everyone is obsessed with security these days.
The girl told me that the pub was a hatless zone.
I did what she said because I did not want to make a fuss and I don't like to disobey orders.
I'm a hat person.
If I am going out to lunch I always wear a hat.
My mother wouldn't have set a foot outside the house for a loaf of bread without her hat.
She would have been horrified if ladies went to lunch without their hats."
Tony Love, the manager and evident lackey of the Nanny state, said:
"We put up the new signs
because we were finding it difficult classing what was a cap.
All customers and staff are treated the same.
In this day and age you don't know who are the troublemakers.
It is pointless having CCTV to protect people if those who cause trouble hide their faces.
I do understand Mrs Wilbraham's point of view but it is for her protection as much as anything else."
Love has clearly fallen under the dubious spell of Nanny, he misses the essential truth that is vital to the harmonious interaction of a mature and vibrant society; namely that people should apply common sense and use their judgement when interacting with people.
Relying on the state to act as arbiter will simply turn us into a nation of mindless automatons, destined to decay and wallow in our own filth as we wait for Nanny to wipe our bottoms.