Whilst the media work themselves up into a frenzy about another country getting uppity over the name of a certain teddy bear, we should look to our own laurels wrt intolerance and bloody minded busybodiness.
Anyhoo, the school kids had been given permission to sing in the shopping centre and indeed were accompanied by their schoolteacher and parents.
That of course did not stop the miserable gits who run some of the shops there from complaining that the singing was too loud.
At this point the shopping centre security staff asked them to stop, after which the police then turned up as well!
How farking ridiculous is that?
The furore that this absurd incident caused has needless to say brought about abject signs of contrition from the centre manager, Sue Nash, who has now admitted/realised that the intervention of security staff was "a mistake" and said the pupils would be allowed to return this weekend.
Ian Jones, headmaster, said:
"They were a small group singing Christmas
carols to raise money,
and they were singing beautifully.
After a bit, a security guard came over
and said we had only meant to be singing
for one hour, and could we please stop.
I just said no, because I knew we were
allowed to sing between 11am and 3pm.
He said he had complaints from tenants
that we were too loud and asked us to stop.
I just asked how he proposed to stop children singing.
In the end, he said we would have to stop
or he would call the police.
A member of the public came over and
said she thought the singing was fantastic."
A Police Support Officer then attended the scene and asked the pupils to turn down the backing music on the CD player, and sing more quietly.
Mr Jones said:
"I couldn't believe what they were saying.
Some of the parents were incredulous."
Whilst, on the face of it, this may seem to be a storm in a teacup it does illustrate a number of issues wrt the Nanny state and the effect that it has on people:
- Intolerance of those who act outwith the norm, in this case kids singing where singing is not normally performed
- Intolerance of individuality and public performance (remember folks, Nanny wants public performers to have licences)
- Lack of common sense being applied by individuals and organisations (couldn't the shopkeepers have put up with it for an hour or so? Couldn't the security guard have kept his nose out of this? etc)
- The use of the state, and organs of the state, to settle personal disputes and pursue private vendettas (why on earth call the police?)