Saturday, August 11, 2007
Nanny Bans Flowers
In another fine example of the topsy turvy world we now live in, Nanny in the guise of one our "beloved" and "respected" local councils has decided to ban June Turnbull (79) from tending the village flowerbed in Urchfont, near Devizes, in Wiltshire.
She does not wear a yellow jacket, does not have a warning sign and does not employ a lookout.
Yes folks, Nanny has used her favourite excuse again...INSURANCE!
This tired old mantra is trotted out every time someone tries to do something that Nanny doesn't approve of.
How easy it is to for Nanny to latch on to this as a means of stopping people using their initiative, or just having bit of fun.
Mrs Turnbull has been tending the flowerbeds for eight years now, and paid for the flowers with her own money; needless to say there have never been any accidents.
However, Nanny now wants her to erect (can I say erect?) three large 'men at work' signs while she gardens for three hours each week.
Mrs Turnbull is defiant, she says that she will go to jail rather than stop tending the flowerbeds.
Wiltshire County Council says June must abide by the rules, because the flowerbed is on a highway and because of that they need a licence for her to work there.
-Why does she need a licence?
-Who says so?
-So what if she carries on?
-Will they really arrest her?
-Do councils really have this much power over us?
-Or is this amount of "power" merely in their own imaginations?
In order too qualify for a licence from the Highways Authority she must wear a fluorescent jacket, have three metal warning signs surrounding her and have a man on guard.
With a licence, Urchfont Parish Council can put June on their insurance policy.
So what if she is not insured?
Are they saying that if she is injured, then she won't be treated in hospital?
Why would the council be to blame if she is not a council employee, and working against the advice of the council?
Councils take far too much upon themselves these days; they need to be reminded of their place in the evolutionary scheme of things.
Drop Wiltshire County Council a note here firstname.lastname@example.org