This week it goes to Oldham Council.
Just ask Alex Crossland-Robins (10), who goes to St Anne's Primary School in Royton. Alex, who has been a member of a local swimming club since he was 4 and has won more than 50 medals and trophies, has been told that he must not wear goggles when swimming because of health and safety guidelines.
Now as my loyal readers may recall, I have written articles on this site before about goggles being banned. The normal reason for the ban being the risk that they might shatter.
Oldham have taken a whole new "spin" on the goggle safety issue. They have banned them because they believe that swimmers' eyes must get used to the water.
A few points here:
1 Alex is an experienced swimmer, I would imagine that his eyes are used to the water.
2 He wear goggles to protect his eyes from the chlorine (an irritant, is it not, if you swim regularly?).
3 What possible business is it of Nanny as to whether a swimmer's eyes are "used to the water", or not? Surely it is better that an individual is taught to swim (even if they prefer to wear goggles)?
4 Oh yes, and one more "minor" point, there is a farking sign in the swimming pool that Alex's school uses that says:
"Goggles and swim caps are always a good idea to protect your eyes and hair from chlorine."
Alex's parents, having had their complaints ignored by the council, have stopped him from having swimming lessons at his school.
Oldham Council (coalition run), well deserving Prats of The Week!
Epilogue: By the way, re Halloween, I managed to remove the battery from my doorbell and replace it safely later, without the aid of a Nanny certificate of electrical engineering or qualified electrician.
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