Nanny Knows Best

Nanny Knows Best
Dedicated to exposing, and resisting, the all pervasive nanny state that is corroding the way of life and the freedom of the people of Britain.

Friday, December 02, 2005

Cliff Richard Decreed To Be A Health And Safety Risk

Cliff Richard Decreed To Be A Health And Safety RiskThose of you who have been entertained by Cliff Richard, bus driver turned singer, over the past few centuries should be warned.

Nanny has decreed that he poses a health and safety risk!

That at least is the conclusion of the people who run Birmingham's National Indoor Arena (BNIA).

You see, for the fans of Cliff, nothing adds more pleasure to their experience of a live concert than camping out in car parks; in order to build up the pre concert mood.

Cliff recently performed at the BNIA, 16th and 17th of November, and his fans were expecting to do what they always do pre concert; namely camp out in the multi storey car park.

Not this year chums.

BNIA venue bosses decided that such an activity was a health and safety risk, as the BNIA was also be packed with families watching Disney on Ice.

An NEC Group spokeswoman said at the time:

"Historically, we are used to Cliff's army of fans camping in the car park during the spring as they wait for his tennis tournament tickets to go on sale.

But at that time of year we're normally very quiet, so having tents instead of cars in the multi-storey isn't really an issue.

Disney on Ice is traditionally staged at the NIA during half-term, so there are health and safety issues to consider, and we couldn't guarantee their safety at that time.

We are expecting a lot of people to turn up very early on October 30 to get their place in the queue

Only in Britain!


  1. Anonymous10:35 AM

    Actually this is fair enough. I've heard him sing.

  2. Anonymous3:17 PM

    Cliff Richard inspires devil worship among teen fans, therefore should be banned.

  3. Anonymous3:46 PM

    And there I was thinking that Cliff was a chum of Nanny's who could do no wrong.

    (Bang goes the next freebie holiday in the Caribbean for nanny and her hangers on.)

  4. Anonymous5:51 PM

    "isn't really an issue"

    Ahh, an "issue": management nu-speak for what we used to call a "problem".


  5. Anonymous12:28 AM

    Pete Roberts has highlighted (nu-speak for 'clearly identified') the, er, issue here.

    A problem is something that has been defined and can be fully described so that a proper discussion can take place to consider the nature and scale of the perceived difficulty and decide if anything needs to be done about it and what that which needs to be done might be.

    An issue on the other hand much more amorphous and indefinable, rather like a commission investigating something, and therefore never closes with a full proof solution; it cannot happen when the form and nature of the 'issue' can change constantly to suit the needs of those who wish for it to remain a current issue.

    I used to work with a chap who was fond of referring to these sort of situations as being full of weasel words. After a while I realised how right he was, being himself an expert in the use of such words for creating many issues which never seemed to be resolved but promoted his own standing within the organisation.

    Still, not much point in having a standing in a sinking ship - or maybe even two sinking ships come to think of it.

  6. Anonymous9:38 AM

    Nothing to do with a lack of car parking spaces then....