Friday, June 05, 2009
The Dangers of Cricket
Full marks to Mike Burgess for demonstrating the ultimate in Nannyism.
Four years ago he moved to Shamley Green, near Guilford in Surrey, where cricket has been played on its village green for 169 years.
There was but one fly in Burgess's oinkment, his house was at the very edge of the crease, and as such it was possible...nay probable...that the odd cricket ball would come hither his way.
Now, in the real world, you or I would have realised that when purchasing the house and factored it in to our buying decision.
Burgess, being a drone of Nanny, went one step further. He bought the house then sent series of demands to the cricket club, wrt protecting his house from cricket balls.
After a veritable blizzard of legal letters and independent mediation, Burgess recently sought an injunction against the club, preventing it from playing on the green until his demands are met.
His demands are "modest", he wants the club to put up 25ft high nets around his property to protect it from any stray balls, and for players to be declared out if they hit it so hard it clears the nets and hits his property.
He also wants a health and safety risk assessment to protect other homeowners and the general public while a match is on.
I would note that the club has a policy of paying for replacement windows and roof tiles caused by their cricketers.
"It's a shame it's come to this but health and safety issues need to be addressed and resolved."
As I said, in the real world you or I would never have got ourselves into this situation (ie if we didn't like the idea of cricket balls hitting our house, we would never have moved there). However, in Nanny's world common sense is abandoned.
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