Dear oh dear, what a nation of pussies Nanny is trying to turn us in to.
Nanny's chums in the Health and Safety Gestapo have put their size ten jackboots into the humble practice of knitting. Seemingly knitting needles are now deemed to be as dangerous as knives.
For three years at the Congleton War Memorial Hospital, in Cheshire, it has been a simple way for hospital visitors to make a difference while they wait. Patients and relatives have been asked to knit a small square, to be turned into blankets for local charities.
The Health and Safety Gestapo have now ruled that knitting needles are too sharp to be used safely.
Now you have to ask permission at the hospital's reception, before being handed a knitting needle.
Tory MP Philip Davies makes no bones about it:
"Whoever made this decision is completely barmy.
It is a typical act by a bureaucratic jobsworth
with too much time on their hands and nothing to do.
People young and old have been knitting for
centuries at home. When was the last time
you heard of a spate of knitting needle accidents?"
Bernie Salisbury, director of nursing and operations at East Cheshire NHS Trust, said:
"We believe this sensible and
proactive measure will avoid preventable accidents."
Also banned in charity shops!