Saturday, November 17, 2007
Break a Leg
I am not the only person who believes that the Health and Safety Gestapo have gone too far in their campaign to wrap us in cotton wool, and thus exert control over us.
No less a person than Tom Mullarkey, head of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, has said that health and safety "extremists" are preventing children from leading a healthy and robust lifestyle.
Mullarkey waded into the "small-minded bureaucrats" by saying that they were guilty of undermining genuine health and safety work.
"But people have this perception of 'elf and safety'
as something that restricts your life,
rather than helping you to live fully and successfully.
Our argument is that a skinned knee or a twisted ankle
in a challenging and exciting play environment
is not just acceptable, it is a positive necessity.
We need to prepare children for a complex,
dangerous world in which healthy, robust activity
is more a national need than ever before.
We think people should climb mountains,
and sail boats - we are trying to help them in a practical way."
Unfortunately the small minded bureaucrats who run the health and safety Gestapo will not listen. They need to be dealt with with a firm hand, once and for all.