Saturday, July 29, 2006
Nanny Bans Conger Cuddling
Nanny strikes again, this time she has decided to ban the fine art of conger cuddling.
What the F is conger cuddling Ken?
Patience my dear friends, I will reveal all.
The fine town of Lyme Regis in Dorset has practiced this noble art for the last 32 years. It takes place annually on the harbour, and the money raised from the practice is used to fund the RNLI (lifeboats).
Now alas, thanks to some interfering busybody with nothing better to do with their lives, Nanny has stepped in and banned this fine old tradition.
But what is it Ken?
Patience please, I am coming to that bit.
Contestants pair off, and take it in turns to hit each other with a 5 foot dead conger eel suspended from a rope.
The event has raised thousands for the RNLI.
Nonetheless, one sad individual has decided that the game is "disrespectful to dead animals". Please note that the eel is well and truly dead before the game starts!
Death it seems, is not enough for Nanny, she has pulled the plug on the game and banned it.
Nice to know that one person with one agenda can affect the lives of many. Rather odd though that when many try to lobby the government, eg over sacking Prescott, they are ignored.
The complainant, seemingly with a grudge against the town, also threatened to film the event and create a nationwide campaign; ie bring in all the sad losers that hang around Britain with nothing better to do than look for trouble.
Richard Fox, founded the tradition in 1974, said he was 'livid' the event had come to an end.
"It is the most ludicrous thing I have ever heard.
How can you be disrespecting an animal's rights when it is dead?"
Conger cuddling derives from an old West Country tradition of mangel dangling which is a similar game involving a mangelwurzle.
What is a mangelwurzle when it is at home?
The eels are not caught specifically for the event, but are caught accidentally by local fishermen.
Good grief, they will be banning bare knuckle boxing, cock fighting (can I say cock on a website?) and dog fighting next!
There is something rather sinister in all of this, which is indicative of the "style" of the Nanny state. Instead of Nanny basing her "judgements" as to what is acceptable or not acceptable by listening to the majority, she bases her judgements on the bully boy tactics of a small minority of "shit stirrers" and single issue losers. These people have no interest in the democratic purpose, but seek to achieve their goals via intimidation, mob rule and violence.
In other words, the majority is subjugated by the minority.
Nazi Germany was run in exactly the same way.
You have been warned!