Nanny really doesn't have much of a sense of humour, as David Clutterbuck a councillor on Bournemouth Council found to his cost the other week.
The hoohah all started when a spoof email was forwarded to members of the council. The email noted that if Noah tried to build an ark now he would have to overcome planning rules, building regulations, environmental impact studies, fire and safety regulations and the RSPCA over animal welfare.
Mr Clutterbuck then added the following tag line, and duly pressed "reply all":
"I imagine now it would be illegal to only have animals of the opposite sex!"
I think it reasonably obvious to even the most blinkered, that the email was a joke and that the tag line added by Mr Clutterbuck was in the spirit of the email.
Unfortunately Nanny's chums in the Liberal Democrats lack a sense of humour, Liberal Democrat councillor Michael Carlile said:
"The comment, even in fun, is at best childish
and at worst shows that certain local Conservatives are locked into the distant past.
I urge, if we are truly going to embrace diversity,
all members should have compulsory diversity training.
I would urge those enlightened Conservative councillors,
and I know there are some,
to challenge Councillor Clutterbuck on his attitudes to minority communities."
What a twat!
Mr Clutterbuck, a councillor for 19 years, said:
"One of the councillors who's made the complaint
has only been on the council three years.
I've said before, I've more experience of life,
of business in my little fingertips
than the people who are making complaints."
Mr Clutterbuck's own party then got in on the act and, as a consequence, Mr Clutterbuck has resigned his whip (so to speak) and will stand as an independent in the next election.
What an absurd fuss over nothing.