Oh my gosh, another smoking ban!
Nanny really needs to get some therapy, to help her get over her paranoia over smoking.
This time we must journey to the People's Republic of Liverpool for a cautionary tale of mind numbing heavy handed state interference.
As we all know, Nanny's local council in Liverpool regards Liverpool as being the world's most perfect city. Thanks to the "wise" policies of Nanny and generations of local councillors Liverpool now has zero crime, perfect race relations, no drugs, 100% literacy and zero anti social behaviour.
As such it should not surprise us to learn that Nanny's councillors have a lot of free time on their hands, and need something to do.
That at least is the only explanation that I can come up with for their latest daft idea.
SmokeFree Liverpool, there's a group with high aspirations, has decreed that all movies with smoking scenes should be given an 18 certificate. Needless to say, Nanny's chums on Liverpool City Council have backed this absurd and ridiculous idea.
Andy Hull, Liverpool's head of public protection (what the fark is that when it's at home?...another Nanny state militia?) and chair (how can a human be a "chair", ie a piece of furniture, he is chairman) of SmokeFree Liverpool, said that an adult rating on movies that depict smoking will reduce the number of young people lighting up.
"The international evidence...is that one in two children between 11 and 18 who witness smoking in movies actually experiment with - and therefore start - smoking themselves."
All this will do is encourage children to regard smoking as an even more naughty adult vice, that they must most definitely try. Additionally, as with all adult films, the under 18's will be queuing up to get in.
When I was a lad, it was just nudie films that one had to sneak in to see (or watch late night on BBC2)...Nanny now wants to create a whole new list of "must sees"; eg smoking, eating, fatty etc.
Violence in under 18 movies is of course OK!
Hull said that Liverpool (what everyone in Liverpool?) wants the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) to act.
Needless to say, as with all of Nanny's daft ill thought through ideas, there is a large fly in Nanny's oinkment.
The BBFC is none too impressed with this daft idea, and said:
"To simply classify a film 18 because people smoke in it would not be popular with the public."
Politely put, BBFC told Liverpool council to fark off!
Hull, being a true disciple of Nanny, is not interested in common sense or indeed the advice of experts if that advice contradicts his prejudices. He said that if the BBFC is not prepared to adopt an 18 certificate, then Liverpool will consider using licensing laws to bring in its own stricter ratings for films screened locally.
Thus making Liverpool look completely ridiculous, and dictatorial.
The arrogance of local councils never ceases to amaze me. Their role is not to interfere in the daily lives of people, nor is it to act like mini Hitlers. yet they choose to do so.
Because we have allowed them to, and we elect useless third rate human beings to become councillors.
Isn't it about time that we put an end to local councils?
We need to rid of these useless appendages once and for all.
Feel free to email Andy Hull email@example.com