I am hugely gemused to see that, on the day that the Communities Secretary Eric Pickles is promoting a scheme to give English councils a financial incentive to deal with Nanny's "troubled families", it emerges that David and Samantha Cameron left their eight-year-old daughter, Nancy, in the Plough Inn at Cadsden after having Sunday lunch.
I seem to recall that Nanny hauls some parents into court over child abandonment, I assume she will be doing the same here?
Anyhoo, disregarding the hoo hah that this "oversight" has caused, I fail to see why some people have got so worked up over an eight year old being left in a perfectly respectable/safe pub during the day.
When I was a kid my parents would sometimes go to a pub for an hour and leave me in the car in the car park. I was perfectly happy with that, as every fifteen minutes or so, one of them or their chums would come out to say hello and bring me sausages, pasties, pies and cans of coke.
It did me no harm, I was taught (as all kids were then) not to speak to strangers etc so I would never have been dimwitted enough to roll the window down if a stranger ever approached (which they never did anyway), and a good time was had by all!
FYI, on the subject of speaking to strangers, had the internet been around then I would have also been taught not to be idiotic enough to speak online to strangers (not that my father would have given me access to the net at that age anyway!).
Sadly now thanks to Nanny's penchant for interfering in family life, and her ban on hot cabinets in pubs (this means there are very few pubs that now serve pies and sausages as snacks), such a thing can no longer occur.
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