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Saturday, June 14, 2008

The Dangers of Crabs - Ooh Er Missus!

The Dangers of CrabsI am not entirely sure as to whether this is an example of Nannyism, or just well intentioned kind hearted people giving Nanny an opportunity to make mischief.

I refer to the plan by some zoology students from Cambridge to try to impose a code of conduct on the summer sport of crabbing, in an attempt to end cruelty to the creatures.

They plan to leaflet ten thousand holidaymakers at the Norfolk resort of Wells-next-the-Sea (did you know it is the crabbing capital of Britain?), advising them on how to crab responsibly. Their principal rule is that no more than ten crabs should be placed in a single bucket.

Seemingly excess crowds of crabs can cause fights, which can lead to the loss of limbs.

Crabs in Wells have traditionally enjoyed a relationship with the children who come to bait, capture and imprison them for a few hours in a plastic bucket. The fishing lines of the children are baited with bacon or whelk.

Local fishermen estimate that the average Wells crab is caught and released several times a day.

I see that the students have a kind heart, and it will be good for the kids to learn a bit about marine life in this way; but I can't help feeling that Nanny will somehow or other try to get involved now.

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  1. Tax it, regulate it or ban it. These are the only options there are according to Nanny.

    Is there anything Nanny or her friends will not interfere in?

    I am surprised the 'Elf'n'Safety police are not involved, after all, think of the dangers; water, sharp hooks, crab pincers, sea water polution, oh Nanny you have missed a perfect opportunity to regulate or ban an enjoyable activity....You could even impose a license to fish for crabs...Kerching....Are you getting slow in your old age? Not like you to miss an opportunity to really interfere or make a bob or two.

  2. Anonymous1:39 PM

    On way or another I expect the kids will get a NIP.


  3. Anonymous1:41 PM

    That should, of course, have starte with "One" not "On".

    Sometimes my hands, mouse, keyboard and Firefox seem to have problems co-ordinating effectively.

    I blame Firefox ...


  4. Anonymous6:02 PM

    I can see Nanny taking a very strict view upon this kind of behavior. She may even insist upon installing plenty of spinning cctv cameras.

    Oh!... and microchip the crabs for their safety and protection.

  5. Anonymous1:41 AM

    Ken said;
    "to bait, capture and imprison them for a few hours"...

    Hmmm..... even a few hours could seem like a long time. Still, I suppose we could argue that it is still a tad more acceptable than holding them captive for 42 days!

  6. Anonymous9:08 AM

    I first read this story in the Daily Mail which it reported in the tone it reserves for its 'political correctness gone mad stories' (along the lines of now we've not to hurt the feelings of crabs!)

    I felt exasperated. In the good old days before junk (eating half a grapefruit increases your chance of cancer/smoking increases the risk of deafness) health studies were reported on a daily basis, this story would never have made it to print. It would have been considered just part and parcel of coming into contact with living creatures that children be reminded not to harm/distress them.

    I'm surprised that it hasn't been reported that the children are now to have a de-brief session in which they analyse the feelings of the crabs and how human-crab relationships can be improved by regular engagement with each other!!


  7. Anonymous12:38 PM

    I went to Wells-next-the-Sea once. I think it's the only town in Britain whose name could be prosecuted under the Trades Descriptions Act