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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Nanny Bans Plastic Cutlery

What The F!
I must admit that I had thought that I had seen the end of this absurd piece of Nannyism from our "rule creating" supermarkets, wrt asking for id for teaspoons etc.

How wrong I was.

I am told by one of my correspondents (aged 25) that this time our old friends from Tesco (one of their stores in Liverpool City Centre) has asked for proof of age id (whereby the store operative signs off that the purchaser is over 18) for cutlery.

I suppose it can be argued that as cutlery contains knives, that could be construed as a potentially dangerous purchase.

However, here's the rub, the cutlery for which age id was required was not metal, wood or ivory but PLASTIC!!!

Tesco Plastic Cutlery

Why can't a child (a person under 18) buy plastic cutlery? They seem well able to buy drugs, booze, weapons and porn without much bovver.

You can join the Army before you are 18, yet Tesco won't let you buy plastic cutlery until you are 18.

Nanny doesn't need to enact any more legislation to take away our personal freedoms, her apparatchiks in supermarkets etc are doing all her work for her!

BTW, I can't be bothered to register to look through the Tesco site but am advised that for some reason or other the plastic cutlery cannot be found on the Tesco site. Can anyone validate this?

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12 comments:

  1. Tonk.9:51 AM

    Tesco do appear to be very keen co-conspirators with Nanny. Perhaps, as they take over more and more of the retail sector, they want to become the official state retailer.

    I just wonder, given Tesco’s keenness to not just implement Nanny’s rules but to take them further and further, how on Earth Tescos has managed to grow into such a large and successful business….Does it suggest that the British people actually like being Nannied?

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  2. Speenzman11:37 AM

    "Does it suggest that the British people actually like being Nannied?"

    No- people don't like getting the common cold but there's a lot it about...

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  3. Speenzman:

    Good point but, You cannot choose whether you have a cold or not and saying "No" to a cold does nothing however, with Nanny, we have a choice; We can resist her and say "No" to her diktats and we can vote her out. It seems to me that many British people either can't be bothered to fight for their independence and freedoms or are happy being nannied.

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  4. Lord of Atlantis3:32 PM

    Tonk. said...
    Tesco do appear to be very keen co-conspirators with Nanny. Perhaps, as they take over more and more of the retail sector, they want to become the official state retailer."

    Not from my custom they won't: For various reasons, I avoid them like the Plague!

    "I just wonder, given Tesco’s keenness to not just implement Nanny’s rules but to take them further and further, how on Earth Tescos has managed to grow into such a large and successful business….Does it suggest that the British people actually like being Nannied?"

    No, the majority are just bloody apathetic!

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  5. Julius Caesar3:41 PM

    That's the problem, Tonk, and Lord of A: they can't be bothered. I fear that if the current generation had been alive in 1939-45, Adolf Hitler would have met with little resistance.
    It was the same in my time, in the days of ancient Rome: if the mass of people had bread and circuses (read football instead of circuses for today's masses) they were content.

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  6. Julius Caesar commented:

    "It was the same in my time, in the days of ancient Rome: if the mass of people had bread and circuses (read football instead of circuses for today's masses) they were content."

    Never a truer word was said in jest. Maybe substitute "dumbed down television reality shows and celebrity magazines" for circuses and "2-4-1 drinks promotions" for bread and you have the reason for modern apathy. As long as they don't have to use their brains modern humanity does not care and are happy to walk into whatever nannied future our glorious leaders have planned for them. Twenty four hour drinking and Z-list celebrities, the government loves it as a pissed, placid and arguably brain dead population is easy to control.

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  7. Speenzman5:34 PM

    "We can resist her and say "No" to her diktats and we can vote her out. It seems to me that many British people either can't be bothered to fight for their independence and freedoms or are happy being nannied."

    My original point was referring to the popularity of Tesco (i.e. there are quite a few of them) rather than to the presence of nanny. However to address the point you made yes it's true we can vote her out- and vote another elected nanny dictatorship in. I don't think it's so much a case of not being bothered, I think it's more to do with feeling helpless to do anything about it. Let's face it, unless the whole country makes a concerted move to vote a worthwhile third alternative in (which is where the problems of apathy and being bothered DO come in) it's going to be Labour or Conservative. Since the whole country, because of those problems, is unlikely to make a concerted move we have two main groups 1) those that just don't care (Bread and circus group- who yes are very probably the majority of this country but we just don't know how many of them are in this group or how many are in-) 2) those who do care but feel helpless to do anything about it. Everyone moving to the third group of caring, being very pissed off by it and voting in a worthwhile alternative would be nice in an ideal world but as we know...

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  8. microdave10:26 PM

    Actually, if you think about it, a lot of plastic cutlery is fairly brittle, and if snapped in two will leave very sharp edges. Quite sufficient to inflict a nasty injury. A metal one by comparison is probably not as dangerous!

    Don't panic, I'm not backing the idiots at Tesco, just making an observation....

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  9. Anonymous6:41 AM

    "Why can't a child (a person under 18) buy plastic cutlery?"

    Because we all know that youngsters are not near educated enough to appreciate what plastic can do to our environment. Can't very well allow access to as much plastic as all the poorly taught kiddies want, now can we? Of course, this wouldn't be a problem if their evil and environmentally unfriendly parents would teach them uh... valuable earth citizen skills and knowledge... I mean, it's bad enough we have adult children going around buying plastic knives and forks, so why allow their equally uneducated brats the same privalige? Same with stainless steel. Surely all that pollution involved in it's manufacture is killing 10,000 polar bears every year! Now you want Tesco to allow MORE dead polar bears via plastic knives floating their way to the arctic?!

    Are you INSANE, Mr. blogger?!

    Of course, I'm being sarcastic. It doesn't really matter why you can't, though, just that you can't.

    Which brings me to this point...

    Tonk. said...

    "Tesco do appear to be very keen co-conspirators with Nanny. Perhaps, as they take over more and more of the retail sector, they want to become the official state retailer"

    Yes, I think so too. After all, with the entire bankrupting world economy heading into FULL central-planning mode it makes sense that those of the (for the time being) private sector are looking to be #1on the government's A-list for when it comes time dole out subsidies. And you know... only those who kiss the ass of the ideologicals in government ever get contracts like that. In my opinion, it most certainly does reek of being a form of beggaring favor in a time when rationing is going to be the way of things. Imagine... only those with an ID can buy anything and having an ID makes it easier for the Nanny state to tax the hell out of you, leaving only so much if any disposable income. So get the remaining retailers to create and enforce all manner of bogus policies and VIOLA... you have an unofficial and hidden form of rationing, not a policy of (as you Brits say it) elf n safety. Want to buy anything plastic? They'll come up with 10,000 reasons why you can't have it! Want liquor? Well okay, but only if you jump through more hoops than it's worth, so as to create the mere ILLUSION of a retailer that is in business, and "not" a subsidized program created to cope in very hard and increasingly scarce times(and never mind that it wouldn't be so hard and scarce if not for the Nanny state to begin with!).

    Sigh... I don't know, England. I tell my countrymen all the time about stuff like this, that it is heading here and as time goes by so too do our liberties go with it. Perhaps you Brits will be the first to reclaim your liberties and sanity while many here in the US struggle to recall their roots. I won't hold my breath, but it seems a logical conclusion considering how much worse Nannying is over there compared to here yet.

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  10. Lord of Atlantis1:52 PM

    Speenzman said... "We can resist her and say "No" to her diktats and we can vote her out. It seems to me that many British people either can't be bothered to fight for their independence and freedoms or are happy being nannied."

    Problem is, as has been observed already, it won't make much difference: Tweedle Dee or Tweedle Dum? The scandal in parliament demonstrates this perfectly: whatever we think, those MPs who have had to stand down are not going to do so before the general election, because by so doing they will continue to receive their salaries plus expenses until then, and they will also receive a much larger pension if they remain to the end. In other words, they are sticking two fingers up at the riff-raff, er, sorry, electorate. Moreover, after the next general election, I'll wager that the conservatives and nuLabour will still be the largest party in parliament.

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  11. Speenzman8:13 PM

    Actually Tonk said that, I was quoting him.

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  12. Anonymous11:37 AM

    Sorry, Tonk! All this nannyism must be making me senile!

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