Nanny Knows Best

Nanny Knows Best
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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Nanny's Christmas Lights

Nanny's Christmas LightsChristmas comes but once a year, but in Nanny's world that is once too many times.

You see folks, despite the fact that Christmas has been around for the last 2000 years or so, Nanny believes that it is simply too dangerous to be allowed to happen anymore; therefore she is cancelling it.

That at least is what Nanny's chums in Scarborough council have done, they have decided that the ceremonial switching-on of the Christmas lights is just too dangerous so they are cancelling it.

Why is it too dangerous?

Simple, it has been so popular in previous years that up to 10,000 people turn up.

As we all know, Nanny hates public displays of spontaneity and public gatherings. The health and safety Gestapo have decreed that any gathering of over 2,000 people, to watch the lights being turned, on is simply too risky.

Therefore instead of turning families away, or making it a ticket only event (which would seem to be a sensible idea), council officials have cancelled the event altogether.

Penny Marsden, an independent councillor and shopkeeper, said:

"This is a joyous occasion

when children come out to enjoy the start of Christmas

and we are going to rob them of it

Council chief executive, Jim Dillon, bah humbugged the event:

"A vast amount of hard work by all parties has been carried out

in looking at ways of staging the event safely,

but we all feel the risks are far too great


Feel free to write to the council here, and tell them what you think

PS We won't be having any Christmas lights in Croydon either, as far as I know.


Our previous Labour council managed to bankrupt the largest (and once most prosperous) London Borough, so we can't afford any lights.

Pathetic isn't it?


  1. Anonymous10:26 AM

    It's far too early to start celebrating Christmas. If it were a ban on Christmas lights before december 1st I might support it ;)

    Why must it last for 2 months of the year?

  2. Anonymous11:58 AM

    Wrong excuse really. They should simply have said that saving the planet by not having any lights at all was a primary objective for the people of Scarborough and as such they supporting the alleged majority view.

    Their only option to justify going ahead with the lights and the event to turn them on would be to encourage people to group together for elimination, thus reducing Scarborough's carbon footprint by reducung the population overhead.

    Free semtex based candles should do it I would think.

    Apart from that I would encourage the rise of religious factions - always good for a bit of carnage and destruction.

    Consumerism is also good. The downside of carbon liberation now is balanced by the assumed effects of the poisoning the population and reducing their breeding ability in the longer term. It is also useful for the direction and enforcement of public policy beliefs through the aura influence of advertising. All grist to our command and control mill - so important for saving the planet for, er, something.

  3. Anonymous4:54 PM

    It is our duty to remind the council that "If you deny me before men, I will deny you before my Father, Which is in Heaven"
    Now that we've warned them, we've done our duty.

  4. It's at times like these when a spontaneous "flashmob" of individuals holding wax candles (and wearing non-fire retardant clothing) might do the officious twits some good.

    People don't 'need' their governments to allow them to celebrate the "Light of the World". Let Nanny wring her hands all night while people celebrate.

    It's a 'thousand points of light' thing.

  5. Anonymous11:29 PM

    'Some Yahoo' is right on target. This reflects what I was saying about Caradon District Council and their attempt to ban a charity concert because it contained the secular Christmas song 'Jingle Bells' as covered by Ken. Get some folks together and do it anyway. Then ask the scumbags exactly what they think they're gonna do about it in the face of real humans...

  6. Anonymous9:32 AM

    This is what I e-mailed into the council people:

    Just read a story concerning you lot, not having the traditional switching on of the xmas lights, because of safety fears…!

    Can you please enlighten me, as to when the last time there was any recorded catastrophe involving the turning on of a few xmas lights?

    Again, yet another example of muppets like you, ruining every single thing sacred of this country and it’s traditions…

    But I bet if there was some type of ethnic ceremony (i.e. Chinese new year or a Muslim holiday), you’d happily find a way to stage that…?

    And then you wonder why there is growing racial tension, in this country between born & bread English people, who think they’re traditions & culture is being tramped over? It’s because of fools like you lot.

    Anyway, good luck up in Scarborough. Sounds like your people are going to need it.

    Hope you agree with me?
    Stephen Gallagher, North London

  7. Anonymous1:36 PM

    Is there something in the water in Scarborough? As well as banning the Christmas lights which brighten up what is normally a depressing time of the year, with days both short and daull if not dark, it was the rossers in Scarborough who tried to ban a parade by war veterans a short time ago and which was reported in your column. Has Nanny and her minions no shame?