It is reassuring to know, that as Babylon burns (so to speak), Nanny focuses her gimlet eye on the things that really matter.
To this end she has banned Sid and Alma from standing outside a Sidmouth lifeboat station.
Now, I hear you ask, who are Sid and Alma Ken?
I will tell you.
Sid and Alma are two life sized mannequins, who have been used to collect donations for a lifeboat charity. They have been dressed in full lifeboat uniform of life jacket and helmet, and each have a bucket for people to donate cash.
Sid and Alma have been very popular, and have managed to bring in around £15K each year.
The money funds the local lifeboat, the Pride of Plymouth.
Can you guess what the problem is here?
Yes, that's right...they don't have a licence to collect the money!
Some interfering busy body in December, with too much time on their hands (the sort of person who would have found gainful employment in the Gestapo) complained that they are collecting money illegally.
You see folks, anyone who uses a tin to accept money for charity in public needs a collector's permit from the local authority.
The busy body...let us hope that this person is never in need of a lifeboat..lodged their complaint with East Devon District Council.
Nanny's chums in the council, never ones to let common sense get in the way of the law, state that under licensing laws the mannequins may have to be removed.
Sidmouth Lifeboat secretary, Philip Churchill, thinks that this is a load of bollocks.
"The dummies are incredibly important to us
and provide a significant part of our income.
If they went, we would have extreme difficulties replacing that income.
We rely on these collections.
"Visitors have their photographs taken with them
they are a good tourist attraction."
Seemingly East Devon District Council have nothing better to do than act as jobsworths, and are now using taxpayers' money to investigate whether the dummies are operating illegally.
Sid and Alma can apply for a licence. However, they would need to be over 16 and fill out a form with their name, address, phone number and date of birth.
They would also need a letter from their charity, confirming they are an authorised collector 28 days before they begin.
A petition to save Sid and Alma has been set up by the lifeboat station, you can sign it here Save Sid and Alma.
Feel free to tell Nanny's chums in East Devon District Council what you think of them, via this link: Dummies.
The list of councillors, and their email addresses, can be accessed via this link Dummy List.
Give them my love:)