Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Nanny Bans St George Parade
Happy St George's Day everyone!
In keeping with the spirit of the day, you will not be surprised to learn that Nanny has banned a parade of schoolchildren through Bradford to mark St George's Day.
Nanny cites "health and safety" as the reason for banning the parade through an area that saw race riots seven years ago.
Police and the local council told organisers a few days ago that the parade could not go ahead as planned, for "health and safety reasons".
They offered them a shorter route that avoided two streets at the centre of the race riots in 2001, and an alternative date for the event on July 1.
Is Nanny saying that there are areas in Britain where people cannot walk safely, and are denied free right of passage?
Are there "no go" areas in Britain now?
How ridiculous to offer 1st July as a date for a St George's Day parade!
A parade of Schoolchildren can hardly be equated to a parade of Mosley's blackshirts, how can that be deemed to be inflammatory?
The organisers were forced to call the event, at which 10,000 people had been expected, off.
The Rev Tony Tooby, the chairman of governors of St Philips Primary School, said:
"We wanted the route to include where some of the riots had taken place to educate young people.
The police and council just kept telling us the reason for their objection was 'health and safety'. They proposed another route which was ridiculously short. The march would have been over before it began."
Kris Hopkins, the council's leader, claim they had not banned the parade:
"Given the involvement of 1,500 children, including six and seven-year-olds, we suggested a slightly safer route.
We've got a responsibility to look after our children."
Isn't the responsibility to look after the children that of the parents and the school, where does the council get off thinking it needs to interfere?
The council are lying through their teeth.
"There is a forgotten, nay almost forbidden word,which means more to me than any other.
That word is Engalnd."
Happy St George's Day everyone, if you are allowed to celebrate it!
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