"It was Health and Safety what done it!"
That will be the epitaph written on the future tombstone of British freedom. Health and Safety is the fashionable excuse used by Nanny, and all her acolytes, for banning all manner of things with which they disagree.
Now Nanny's chums in Bristol City Council have decided that doormats, used to wipe your feet upon (ie placed in a specific position by an outside door), are a tripping hazard.
Nanny has therefore banned them from communal hallways in council run housing schemes.
Woe betide the hapless tenant who disobeys Nanny, and keeps their doormat by the door, they will have their beloved doormat confiscated and destroyed.
Seemingly, after many decades of use, it has been discovered by Nanny that doormats could hamper escape from a building if a fire broke out.
Now, could anyone tell me precisely how many thousands of people have died because a doormat obstructed their escape path from a burning building?
I am 100% certain that Nanny has not a clue either (I would hazard a guess that the figure is less then the fingers on one hand), that doesn't matter though because Nanny doesn't use facts to back up her prejudices.
Needless to say, the good people of Bristol think that this edict is bollocks, and that the council ought to be doing more important things with their time and the tax payers' money.
Chris Evans, who lives in a council-owned block of flats in Henbury, said rather wryly that if the council were so worried about people tripping up, then they should fix the city's pavements.
Rather oddly, the council have graciously allowed people to keep the doormats on the inside of their apartments. So let's get this right, doormats may prevent you from escaping a burning building if they are on the outside but are perfectly safe if they are on the inside?
Can anyone explain that load of bollocks to me?
Nanny's official explanation of this nonsense was communicated to residents, by way of a letter to residents in Brookridge House:
"During a routine Health and Safety inspection of the block,
it was noted that loose mats were present in hallways/corridors
outside of people's flats.
These represent a 'tripping hazard'
and should be removed immediately.
By all means have your own mats inside your front door
but please do not leave them outside, creating a risk to others."
Mr Evans vented his spleen at the council:
"It is noted that the council advised of this tripping
hazard on the August 25;
advising that mats were to be removed by September 18.
Presumably it is in order to trip over these mats
during this 24-day interregnum?
This apart, Bristol City Council also says that,
if mats are not removed by the said date,
it will take the initiative and remove and dispose of such mats.
In my book, taking other people's property without their consent
used to be known as theft.
The fact that the council is announcing such theft in advance
only adds to the crass stupidity shown in this foolish episode.
I am minded to say that it is not the mats that need removal
but personnel who inflict such decisions on an unsuspecting public."
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