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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Nanny Bans HMS Edinburgh

I was very disappointed to read about The Ensign Ewart, a pub that I often frequented as a student in Edinburgh (and sometimes do on my all too infrequent return visits to the City), banning the crew of HMS Edinburgh from drinking there because they were in full dress uniform.

Ironically the pub is located almost at the foot of Edinburgh Castle (on the Royal Mile) and is named after Charles Ewart who single-handedly captured the standard of the French Invincibles at the Battle of Waterloo.

The background to this ban lies in the fact that 250 officers and crew of HMS Edinburgh were celebrating being awarded the Freedom of the City by marching up the Royal Mile in front of cheering crowds. They were in the Capital to mark the decommissioning of the 30-year-old ship.

Those crew who went into the pub (not 250 of them!) to have a drink had been granted permission by the Navy to do so in their dress uniforms. However, the pub decided that they would not serve them.

Lord Provost, Donald Wilson, who had earlier reassured crew members that they would be warmly received at hostelries in Edinburgh is quoted by The Scotsman:
It is 
disappointing that having just received the Freedom of the City, which is the reason they were in dress uniform, that they would be refused service simply because they were wearing uniform.
A spokeswoman for the Ensign Ewart claimed staff had been following licensing regulations, which she said made it illegal to serve people in full dress uniform.
We work within the confines of licensing laws.”
That actually is bollocks, as council officials told The Scotsman that there were no licensing laws banning people in military uniform from being served alcohol, and although in the past such a ban had applied to policemen, that law was no longer in force.

As ever with Nanny, it is a case of make up the rules to suit your mood!

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  1. Adrian12:59 PM

    Yet again ignorance and stupidity insult the lads and lassies who put their lives on the line to protect us.

    Such people should be utterly ashamed of themselves.

  2. Anonymous1:33 PM

    I'm not sure it's nanny in this case. It feels more like what Tommy was complaining about.

  3. "Tommy" (Rudyard Kipling - 1892 )
    .I WENT into a public 'ouse to get a pint o' beer,
    The publican 'e up an' sez, " We serve no red-coats here."
    The girls be'ind the bar they laughed an' giggled fit to die,
    I outs into the street again an' to myself sez I:
    O it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' " Tommy, go away " ;
    But it's " Thank you, Mister Atkins," when the band begins to play
    The band begins to play, my boys, the band begins to play,
    O it's " Thank you, Mister Atkins," when the band begins to play.

    [A superb reading - ]

  4. Tonk.4:27 PM


    Too many people make up things to get their own way and I suspect this is another example........I wonder if the barperson was a die hard Scotish Nationalist who sees the British Armed Forces, as The English Armed Forces?.....Obviously I don't know but, I wouldn't be too surprised if that were the case.

  5. Lord of Atlantis3:58 PM

    If this appalling contempt of our armed forces is typical of attitudes towards them north of the border, then I hope they DO vote for independence, and we can say good riddance! Whoever decided on this ban should immediately be put on the front line in Afghanistan: they'd probably squeal like a pig! They are not fit to wipe the backsides of our brave troops! I apologise if this offends anyone, but this sort of thing makes me really cross.

  6. Anonymous8:45 PM

    In light of the recent event, I googled their site in order to make my feelings known (concerning uniforms in public). No contact/feedback link.