Time methinks for another one of my prestigious, and internationally renowned, "Prats of The Week" Awards.
This week it goes to a local council...
Gosh no surprises there then!
Local councils have over the past few years acted as Nanny's stormtroopers in her war against freedom of choice, freedom of action and freedom per se.
Local councils add no value whatsoever to people's lives. Which is kind of odd really, given the fact that it's the local residents that pay council tax to keep these unloved and unwanted organs of the state in existence.
Anyhoo, this week's award to goes to Portsmouth Council.
Ask Lourdes Maxwell.
Over the last 25 years Ms Maxwell has erected (can I say that?) a paddling pool in her communal garden every summer in front of her house, for her grandchildren and the neighbours' children to play in.
The pool is a staggering and death defying 2ft deep.
This year there will be no pool.
Portsmouth Council have decreed that it needs a lifeguard.
Yes, you did read that correctly!
They also decreed that she must have insurance policy as well.
The health and safety Gestapo put their size ten jackboots in, when Ms Maxwell wrote to the council asking for permission to put a bigger pool in the communal garden outside her home.
She was promptly told it was too dangerous, and also told to empty the existing pool.
Now you see the clear lesson here is, never ever tell your local council anything.
They cannot be trusted to use the information in a sensible or helpful way.
After an intervention by her MP, Portsmouth "generously" allowed Ms Maxwell to have a pool but only if she pays for insurance and ensures that supervisors were on constant watch.
Ms Maxwell is not the only resident required to obey rather petty rules, all residents who use the communal gardens must ask permission before performing any relatively harmless task such as having a barbecue.
Ms Maxwell did ask around for insurance but said "they just laughed at me. No one offers insurance for paddling pools".
I am sure some greedy fast buck insurance company will now!
What's the betting it will be a £5M liability? That's the norm isn't it?
Nigel Selley, Portsmouth Council's neighbourhood manager, said:
"We did not have sufficient assurances that the risks associated with providing such a facility would be well-managed.
We have since spoken to Ms Maxwell and she is aware of our concerns for child safety and the risks associated with drowning."
"such a facility"??
Pompous ass...it's a farking 2ft paddling pool, it's not a facility!
These people are totally disconnected from reality, and take a real pleasure out of interfering in the day to day lives of normal people.
Why not drop Portsmouth Council a wee note and let them know what you think?
Portsmouth Council, well deserving Prats of The Week.
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