Oh dear, Nanny has got her bloomers in a right old twist again over swimming.
Funny, she does really seem to have a downer on that particular activity. Given that it is good exercise, and indeed may one day save your life, you would have thought that she would support it.
But no, she doesn't.
Anyhoo, Nanny's chums who run swimming pools in East Herts have stopped giving out armbands to children, seemingly Nanny believes that the arm bands aren't 'armless...'armless get it? (come on folks, doing my best here!)
Nanny thinks that armbands present a clear and present danger to the health and safety of those who wear them.
East Herts Leisure Trust, which runs the East Herts Council owned pools, has decided it is not safe to give out armbands.
Nanny's spokesman said:
"Customers can understand that not every buoyancy aid can be checked on a regular basis.
We have looked at the recommendations given by
We take health and safety very seriously."
It is reassuring to know that Nanny takes health and safety so seriously. However, rather oddly, the trust is happy to sell new armbands to parents for £4.99.
Julia Whitting, a risk management expert who takes her son swimming, summed up the nonsense of Nanny rather well:
"It's aggravating for parents.
It's the responsibility of service providers to manage risk,
not to eliminate it.
I say that as a risk management professional.
You wouldn't say that the pool should be closed
in case people drown,
but that's the logical conclusion."
Seemingly the leisure trust needs to save £500K a year to stay liquid.
A cynic might conclude that the "health and safety" measure is about making a nice little earner of £4.99.
However, we are not cynical are we ladies and gentlemen?