Nanny Knows Best

Nanny Knows Best
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Friday, May 31, 2013


As loyal readers are only too well aware, living in the Nanny state has eroded people's ability to think for themselves and has destroyed commonsense.

A particularly striking example of this was reported by The Sun, concerning Gary Swift's recent visit to ATOS Healthcare which was assessing his claim for an employment and support allowance.

Mr Swift has lost his right arm from below the elbow.

Seemingly, if the report is accurate, the interviewer asked:
Do you expect your condition to improve? 

Do you expect your arm to grow back within the next two years.”
Mr Swift reportedly replied:
"Well it’s not grown back in the last 30 years, so I can’t see it happening over the next two.
ATOS Healthcare are quoted:
That question would never be asked. Staff carrying out the assessment are trained doctors, nurses and physiotherapists.”
Mr Swift claims that he was later sent on a job seekers’ gardening course, and given a spade.

The above story is quite bizarre if it is true!

In the event that this story is BS, then it serves to highlight how people's ethics have been eroded by a state that proactively seeks to take away our self responsibility for running our own lives.

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  1. I can believe someone asking the question mentioned in the piece.....We have become a "tickbox" culture and unable to think for ourselves.....If the computer says ask the question, you must ask the question, no matter how much of a paper hat it may make you look.

    When challenged, the operator will blame the computer and will often speak as if the computer is a separate personality; for example; The computer said no.....The computer wants more information....etc

    I will always remember what a friend of mine told me many years ago; (re computers) The computer can only do what it is told to do. If you put garbage in, you'll get garbage out.

    I suspect companies etc feel unable to trust the idiots working for them and hence why their programmes are set up to be idiot proof however, because they employ idiots, those idiots are unable to think for themselves because, as you rightly say Ken, they lack commonsense.

  2. I was hoping that the individual's arm might grow back, so that he might become able to raise two fingers to the jobsworth interrogator.

    1. Lord of Atlantis1:25 PM

      This is as bad as an advert placed a few years ago in one of my local newspapers by a local authority (surprise, surprise!) asking for a driver. At the bottom of the advert it stated "we welcome applications from those who disabled and registered blind". (!!)