Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Guilty Until Proven Innocent - The Dangers of Mothers
As we know, Nanny has managed to convince all and sundry that every child in Britain is under diabolical threat from predators, incompetents and psychos. The atmosphere of fear that this engenders enables Nanny to supply all manner of "safety" checks and "public" services. These generate her massive amounts of extra revenue, justify her existence and keep the unwashed population (that's you and me folks!) under control.
Here is a fine example of how Nanny has taken control of even the most normal of everyday activities, namely that of a mother taking her son to school.
Jayne Jones had been taking her 14 year old epileptic son Alex each day to school by taxi, she also took with her specialist equipment in case he had a fit.
All well and good until Nanny stuck her bony old nose into the matter. Mrs Jones has now been told that this activity must stop until her details had been run through a Criminal Record Bureau (CRB) check.
Mrs Jones, from Aberfan in south Wales, said:
"It's crazy that I have to be CRB checked before I can ride in a taxi with my own son.
I have to be checked to go in a taxi with him, but if I was able to drive him myself they wouldn't care and even offered to pay me expenses.
The taxi company is great and they carry Alex's medication but they won't use it and they wouldn't know how to put him in the recovery position if needs be."
Alex takes a combination of 32 anti-convulsant tablets a day, and is currently travelling to his special needs school in Merthyr Tydfil with no one trained to cope if he has an attack.
He has been fitted with the Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) therapy system under the skin, which works like a pacemaker to help control electrical signals which can malfunction and cause him to seize.
His parents are the only ones trained to use and understand the therapy. Yet the council still wants the CRB check.
A spokesman from Merthyr Tydfil Council said:
"The CRB checking is a requirement of our transport provisions in relation to adults travelling on home-to-school transport in the capacity of an escort.
This is a standard requirement and has been for several years.
Any adult acting as an escort will, in the public gaze, be viewed as acting with the full acquiescence of the council and hence with its implied authority.
For the protection of the council and all vulnerable persons in its care it's essential all those endowed with an authority, implicit or explicit, should meet the security requirements within the transport contract provisions."
I read the above several times, and must confess I haven't a clue what he is talking about and how that really justifies a CRB check on the kid's mother.
The real reason behind the waffle, I suspect, is that the CRB check will generate revenue for Nanny.
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