'Tis the season to be jolly, tra lah lah lah lah tra lah lah lah...etc.
In keeping with the season Nanny has decided to play Scrooge this year, and recently banned Christmas decorations in a South London Job Centre.
In Nanny's view Christmas decorations are offensive to the unemployed!
Where on earth does Nanny get these strange ideas from?
Chris Nicol, the area manager of South London, is of the belief that benefit claimants who can't afford tinsel may be upset by the sight of decorations; therefore he has banned them.
A somewhat prissy overreaction wouldn't you say?
Given that the British winter is miserable enough already, and Job Centres aren't exactly brimming with comfort and joy even in mid summer, a few cheerful decorations might at least provide a nano second or two of cheer to those people who are struggling to make ends meet.
Evidently the staff of the South London Job Centre are none too happy either.
One worker said:
"All the shops and offices around us are happily putting up their Christmas decorations but ours are in the cupboard.
Most people have complained about the lack of decorations.
The twinkling lights and tinsel always seemed to lift people's spirits.
Now we are all glumly sitting in the dark in case someone takes offence."
Mr Nicol doggegdly stuck to his role as Scrooge, saying:
"It's about considering the feelings of people
who might not to be able to afford Christmas.
Because of their circumstances they might not have decorations at home.
I don't think they should have their noses rubbed in it
by walking into a Job Centre.
I haven't heard that staff are unhappy
but it is impossible to please everyone."
Unless the those on benefit shut their eyes whenever they go to the Job Centre, it is highly likely that they will see Christmas decorations elsewhere; in shops, houses, offices etc.
Does Mr Nicol keep his eyes shut when he goes to work?
Does Mr Nicol in fact never leave the Job Centre?
Does it not occur to Mr Nicol that by not decorating the Job Centre, he makes claimants feel more miserable than they already are for walking in there?
Nanny does seem a tad anally retentive doesn't she?
Is it one "l" or two "l's" in "anally" (my spell check doesn't seem to cover that word)?
Maybe a good strong enema will sort Nanny out in time for Christmas.