I have written on several occasions about the similarity between Nanny and dear old Auntie (the BBC), they both have this tendency to think that they know better than the ordinary man/woman in the street as to how lives should be led.
Anyhoo good old Auntie has managed yet again to come up with an extravagant way to waste the licence fee, on a particularly daft health and safety "initiative".
Seemingly, in Auntie's world, it is highly dangerous to change a light bulb. Therefore she has banned her precious staff from performing this highly skilled and dangerous task. In future Auntie will be paying an electrician to do this.
A mere £10 a bulb...bargain!
Louise Wordsworth, a learning project manager with the BBC, came across the problem first hand.
"I called up to ask for a new light bulb
for my desk lamp and was told that this would cost £10.
On telling them I'd buy and replace the bulb myself
(bought for the bargain price of £1 for two bulbs)
I was told that it was against health and safety regulations.
So guess how many BBC colleagues it finally took
to change a light bulb (risking life and limb to do so)?"
They could of course revert to using candles I suppose?
This anti risk attitude by Auntie is kind of surprising given its past record of putting some people (the viewers) in danger, eg do I not recall many years ago a guest on Noel Edmond's show died in some bizarrely daft stunt?
Also, so reports would have you believe, one of the contestants in that fake "reality" show "The Apprentice" has had a history of serious mental problems; is she really suitable for such an intense and demanding show?
But hey, they are only the licence fee payers!
If anyone can give me a reasonably accurate estimate as to the number of light bulbs that are in Auntie's buildings across the UK, I will gladly send them a "Nanny Knows Best" T shirt.