In the Nanny state nothing is more threatening to Nanny than independence of thought, action and displays of leadership and courage.
Who better to demonstrate such positive traits than a hero?
As such, it should come as no surprise to learn that Nanny has banned heroism and heroes.
Paul Waugh, a volunteer coastguard who was nominated for an award for rescuing a schoolgirl from a cliff, found this to his cost recently.
Mr Waugh rescued Faye Harrison, 13, who in January 2007 was hanging on by her fingertips and about to fall 200ft (60m) at Salburn-on-Sea, Teesside. He climbed down and held on to her for 30 minutes, until she could be winched to safety.
Unfortunately, he was not wearing safety equipment as it would have taken time to go back to his vehicle which was some distance away.
Mr Waugh, despite rescuing the girl, was later told by Nanny that he had broken rules.
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said it was not looking for dead heroes.
Mr Waugh said:
"I understand I broke a rule,
but I felt it was a matter of having to
because she only had minutes to live.
She said that herself, she was planning her own funeral.
When you see a little frightened face looking up at you,
all you want to do is help.
There's no way I'm going to stand back and watch a
13-year-old girl fall off a cliff."
Faye later nominated him for a life saver award as her "guardian angel".
However, Mr Waugh, who was with the MCA for 13 years, was told that the organisation had carried out an internal investigation into the team's handling of the incident, and the health and safety issues surrounding the rescue.
He has decided to leave the MCA rather than put up with any more health and safety bullshit.
"I'm leaving now due to the hassle
I've had over the last nine months.
In fact, I've been depressed over it.
Yes, fair enough, I broke a rule,
but when I started my training a long time ago,
I was told, one time, you'll work outside the box.
And in this case I had to help her, she was ready to fall.
I'm very, very sad. It's a shame I'm having to go."
The MCA said it was very grateful for his past activities and wished him well in the future.
The statement said:
"Our responsibility is to maintain the
health and welfare of those who we sometimes
ask to go out in difficult and challenging
conditions to effect rescues.
As such we ask our volunteers to risk assess
the situations they and the injured or distressed
person find themselves in, and to ensure that
whatever action they take does not put anyone
in further danger.
We are proud of our safety record and we will
seek to maintain the safety of our volunteers,
and minimise risk in what can be inherently
No, that is wrong, their responsibility is to rescue people!
This is not the first time that Nanny has banned heroism, see here.
In Nanny's world, a dead girl is far better than a living hero.