Wednesday, August 08, 2007
Nanny Bans Donkey Derby
Oh dear, another summer treat for the kids has been kybosched (spelling???) by Nanny.
That ancient seaside/rural summer ritual of the donkey derby has been banned by Nanny's minions in Llandudno.
The donkeys were due to be ridden by around 40 children the other week at a series of races organised by Llandudno Rugby Club, a regular event in Llandudno.
Well, it was regular until Nanny stuck her size tens into the matter. The donkeys were replaced by blow-up sheep and a toy monkey...yes, you did read that correctly!
Our good old chums related to the health and safety Gestapo felt that the event was just too dangerous.
I would observe that it is the same type of people from the health and safety Gestapo that accredited a certain animal vaccine lab in the South of England with a safety certificate...this would be the same lab that is now suspected of leaking the foot and mouth disease...oh, and it is the same lab that is now being paid by Nanny to produce the vaccine to cure the disease...lucky it has a certificate then, otherwise we would all be in a right old pickle!
Anyhoo, I digress.
The harmless 30 second races, organised by Llandudno Rugby Club, have taken place in North Wales for the last 39 years without nay serious incident. Unfortunately, Nanny's ultra caution now means that the event has to be covered by public liability insurance.
Have you noticed how, when a local authority wants to ban something, it simply trots out the tired old mantra of "public liability insurance"?
This has become the catch all excuse for banning all manner of events and activities.
Funny that isn't it?
Anyone suspect that this excuse is in fact a load of old bollocks, dreamt up by our useless and interfering local councils to stop us living our lives in the way that we want to?
Has anyone actually bothered to take the insurance companies to task, and get them to explain clearly how they come up with their often ludicrous quotes for insurance relating to public events...it usually revolves around the sum of £5M.
The councils, had they a mind too, have the time and the "skills" (I never thought that I would use that word in relation to a council) to do just that. Yet they don't...why is that then?
Robin Holden, the rugby club chairman, said:
"We asked insurers if they could give us cover
for kids racing on donkeys – but they wouldn't touch it."
Seemingly the insurance company excuse is that if a kid falls off the donkey, his/her parents would sue.
Brian Bertola, who helps organise the donkey derby, said:
"The donkeys are used to having children on them,
the speed is negligible,
the kids wear helmets and it's over a short distance.
We as a society do have ourselves to blame here:
1 We allow insurance companies to screw us royally
2 We sue for the slightest little thing at the drop of a hat
3 We allow local councils to lord it over us.
Although it seems, on the face of it, the local council were not directly involved with this; I can't but help feel had they been a bit more "helpful" (eg ask the insurance companies some pointed questions) a solution could have been found.