Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Today folks it's another Halloween.
Now, when I was a young lad the emphasis was on Bonfire Night and precious little time and attention was paid to Halloween.
I recall that my mum hollowed out some Swedes (the vegetable I would hasten to add) and put a candle in them, but that as as far as it went. Now of course we have been taken over by the US inspired commercial spend fest, that requires adults and children to spend gazillions on costumes, sweets and assorted shite.
Anyhoo, be that as it may, it is a free country...allegedly..and people should be able to do what they like, and dress up in any manner that they see fit.
Unfortunately this is Nanny Britain. At the first sign that people will be doing things that are not guided or inspired by the state, Nanny reacts in her usual "calm" "restrained" manner.
It should come as no surprise to learn that police forces up and down the country are on red alert today, as they prepare for a night that they are truly scared of. Nanny's police are issuing posters that people can put up on their doors basically telling trick and treaters to F Off!
That's all very well, but does it not occur to Nanny that this kind of thing actually encourages the more odious behaviour that she claims that she wishes to stop?
In Lancashire, for example, four control rooms have been set up by the police to monitor CCTV footage on 31 October. The Lancashire police will issue on-the-spot fines of £80 to anyone under the age of 18 found in possession of a firework, or other potentially dangerous items (eg eggs).
The UK Evangelical Alliance can't resist putting its nose into the pumpkin patch either, and has issued a warning:
"While Halloween [appears] to bring people together in fun,
in reality it is a celebration of the dead and of evil".
Why is Nanny so hysterical over this?
I agree, that having trick and treaters knocking at the door is a pain in the derriere..but does it require a full scale national police alert?
Nanny hates individuality, she will not be content until everything that we do is under her full control; whereby we will need formal state authorisation before we can do it.