Monday, June 05, 2006
Nanny Bans Eng-errr-land
Nanny has something of a risk averse nature, and is always trying to ensure that we take heed of her fears and phobias. One of her "cause celebs" is that of trying to reduce the level of violence in society, by ensuring that sparks that might cause trouble are extinguished before the trouble flares up.
Pubs and clubs are often the scene of a brawl or two, fuelled by booze and a perceived insult. Football, and showing one's allegiance to a particular team in public, is always a good way to start a fight.
Therefore, it is not unreasonable for pubs and clubs to ban football shirts and scarves. However, this being Nanny's Britain there is always the opportunity for this reasonable approach to be taken one step too far.
Nanny's chums in, what I believe to be Britain's most boring and souless pub chain, Wetherspoons were happy to take Nanny's T shirt policy one step beyond the other day.
Elaine and Anthony Elliott, from Enderby Leicestershire, and their son Charlie were sitting down in the Wetherspoons owned Lloyds No 1 for lunch, when the manager told Charlie to remove his football shirt lest there be trouble.
Fair enough you might say, except that there were a few mitigating circumstances:
1 The shirt was an England shirt, and the pub located in England (not abroad)
2 Charlie is only two, who on earth would take offence at him wearing an England shirt? Well, Nanny did of course!
Anyhoo, Nanny's chums at Wetherspoons told his parents that he would have to take off his shirt or else leave the pub. When they argued, staff said Charlie could stay - if he turned the shirt inside out.
Mrs Elliott said:
"He's a two-year-old sat in a high-chair - what harm can he do?"
A Wetherspoons spokesman said:
"Our policy is that we don't allow any kind of football colours.
This policy has contributed to a significant improvement in public order
and safety in the pub.
It is basically to protect customers.
Children wearing football shirts can lead to problems between parents,
or between children,
and we would just rather protect our customers."
You will observe that the above statement does not address the reality of the situation, it merely regurgitates the "party line".
Wetherspoons is definitely the pub chain for Nanny, bland and lacking in any form of character; utterly soul destroying!