Ooh my word, I haven't awarded my world renowned and internationally respected "Prats of The Week" Award for quite some time.
Methinks it is time to do so!
This week it goes to the wardens (and Norwich council who employed them) of Lakenfields sheltered housing complex in Norwich.
Lakenfields is a sheltered housing complex for elderly people. It has a good community spirit, whereby each week George Pretty (72) would do a fish and chip shop run and bring back fish and chips for his 18 fellow residents who were not able to get out.
Can you guess what happened next children?
Yes, that's right, the health and safety gestapo decreed that there may be a health and safety risk wrt the ambient temperature of the fish and chips.
The result being that the wardens banned Mr Pretty from doing the run, as the fish and chips (at possibly low ambient temperature) presented a clear and present danger to the residents.
OK, here's why this is total bollocks:
1 Fish and chips can be eaten stone cold, with no ill effects.
2 The residents, if they thought they were too cold would doubtless not bother ordering/eating them again.
3 The residents are doubtless intelligent enough to determine what they wish to eat, and how they wish it to be provided.
4 The complex is not a prison camp.
5 It is not the wardens' business what private citizens choose to eat.
6 Banning the one highlight, for the entire community, of the week was by anyone's standards mean spirited and cruel. A thoroughly loathsome thing to do.
7 How many people in the UK die from cold fish and chips...errrmmm...no one!
8 The journey takes all of 5 minutes!
Needless to say once a bit of a media storm erupted over this, the dorks at the council backed down and claimed that the wardens were being "over zealous"...done with the "best intentions" (Pah! the road to hell is paved etc). I guarantee that had not a storm erupted the council would not have lifted a finger.
Meals on wheels type boxes are now being provided; all very fancy, but I guarantee that the fish and chips arrive no warmer than had they been wrapped in paper only!
The wardens and Norwich City Council, well deserving Prats of The Week!
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