Nanny Knows Best

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010


I see that Dunster, a well preserved medieval village complete with cobbled streets, has fallen foul of Nanny's obsession with health and safety.

A council working group has decreed that the worn out cobbles in the Old Yarn Market are a tad "dangerous", and is proposing replacing them with smooth surfaced roads at a cost of over £100K.

Seemingly the working group wants to bring the village "into the 21st century"!


The Chairman of the working group, Paul Toogood, told the media that people have required an ambulance five times this year because of falling over on the cobbles.

Why not simply spend the £100K on repairing the damaged cobbles?


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  1. Lord of Atlantis2:31 PM

    What a load of COBBLERS! Just how has the human race survived so long? Years ago ALL the streets in EVERY village, town and city were cobbled and, moreover, in days gone by, there were no elf'n'safety jobsworthss, and no ambulance chasing lawyers to sue everyone over the slightest mishap. Methinks that is the answer: people actually looked where they were going and what they were doing, and when accidents occurred they took responsibility for their own actions, instead of seeking someone else to blame.

    5 incidents in 10 months? I wonder how many times there have been accidents on local roads requiring ambulance attendance in that time?

    Has anyone actually asked the residents of Dunster whether they actually want to be brought 'into the 21st century'? I imagine that being 'a well-preserved medieval village' is part of its charm, and brings many visitors to the village, which contributes to the local economy.

    Your suggestion, Ken, of spending the £100k on repairing the damaged cobbles is an excellent idea. However, you failed to take into account that we are dealing with council jobsworths, who wouldn't recognise an intelligent idea if it bit them on the bum!

  2. Tonk.2:52 PM

    I have visited Dunster several times.....It was the olde worlde feel that I went for, including the cobbles.....If the 'elf'n'safety gestapo were to implement their plans, it would be a clear cut case of vandalism

  3. Doobie8:11 PM

    Just have UNESCO declare it to be a World Heritage site and then the cobbles would have to stay in place.

  4. Uncle John11:51 PM

    Dunster appears to be one gigantic 'antiques shop' with a road down the middle, and innumerable places to purchase high-cholesterol, high sugar 'cream teas'.

    I assume people who go there are either bent on destroying their arteries, or are attempting to purchase items that are past their sell-by date, possibly 'dangerous' by modern standards, and almost certainly non-nanny-compliant.

    Clearly the whole place should be closed down.

  5. Bryn, Anglesey2:01 AM

    My wife & I visited Dunster last year - a lovely place, and the cobbles suit it perfectly.
    My wife managed to overturn her disability scooter on an uneven patch of cobbles. After checking for serious damage to She Who Must Be Obeyed, the scooter and the cobbles (in that order I promise....) we went on our way without the slightest thought of "oh, those cobbles have got to go..."
    Other than the earache suffered by myself for checking the cobbles for damage in front of the locals who helped us (I was Spoken At Most Severely...), no lasting damage was done, and we would be most distressed to think that Dunster was ruined by modern tarmac roads.