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.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Nanny Bans Mince Pies

Nanny Bans Mince PiesIn keeping with the season, you will undoubtedly not be surprised to hear that Nanny has banned mince pies.

Rather, Nanny's health and safety Gestapo have ordered that a risk assessment of mince pies be conducted before she allows a Christmas party to take place.

Nanny's jobsworth lackeys in Craven Council have decreed that the organisers of the Embsay Christmas party (a village in the Yorkshire Dales) must perform a risk assessment of their mince pies, or their party will be "nixed".

Nanny's council have also ordered that posters will have to be displayed at the party, warning villagers that the pies contain nuts and suet pastry.

I know that there is currently a world wide nut phobia, as "little Timmy" once got one stuck in his throat. However, since when was suet a health and safety issue?

As if that were not enough, it seems that there has to be a thermometer thrust (can I say thrust at this time of the day?) into the hot chocolate, in case it is too hot.

How did we manage before the invention of thermometers?

Come to think of it, what if the thermometer contains mercury?

Ooh, it doesn't bear thinking about!

Steve Dobson, who is organising the event, said that he learned of the regulations after writing to Craven District Council to ask if he could use a car park outside Embsay village hall to hold the free party for the community.

Now you see folks, that was his big mistake.

Never, ever, tell Nanny what you are about to do; because she will always come along and try to spoil the party or stop you.


Simple, the sort of people who involve themselves actively with Nanny (such as jobsworth council lackeys etc) could never make anything of their lives in the real world. The only way that they can justify to themselves their existence on this planet, and to give themselves some sense of self worth, is to impose their fears and petty rules on the rest of us.

As I have said before, there is no value or useful purpose to local councils; we would be far better off if they were restructured into oblivion.

Anyhoo, Mr Dobson had planned a fireworks display, mulled wine, Santa's grotto and free mince pies (which would have been made by Nanny's arch enemy the good ladies of the Embsay and Eastby Women's Institute).

You know the sort of thing, nothing unsafe about any of that.

Not until Nanny came along.

Mr Dobson said:

"The council gave me a huge list of things we had to do.

I wrote back, a little bit tongue in cheek,

asking if I really had to risk assess free mince pies

and a brass band, and they said yes.

Everything we do, from putting tinsel up

to providing refreshments has to be assessed.

We have to consider the dangers involved,

that someone might choke on their mince pie or have a nut allergy.

I also understand that Santa may need a Criminal Records Bureau check.

For a small Dales village we found it a bit of a joke really.

It's gone from us hoping to use a bit of council property for a community party,

to needing the same sort of planning

we would have to put in for the Great Yorkshire Show

Mr Dobson rather wisely is now considering moving the party to private land, elsewhere in the village. The trouble is, he has put his head above the parapet. Nanny will try her best to muscle in on that as well, and I bet charge him for the privilege.

Craven Council's director of community services, Jonathan Kerr, said:

"We support these community events

and we try to help local communities organise them

and make sure they are as safe as possible

The astute amongst you will observe that the above statement, in the context of the problem, is meaningless.

Nanny does not even bother to try to pretend to justify her actions any more.

Breathtaking arrogance!

Feel free to tell Craven Council what you think of them via these routes:

-General contact

-Jonathan Kerr's PA

-The thirty councillors of Craven are listed here, Craven Council, together with their email addresses:)


  1. Back when I was a lad (cue wibbly wobbly flashback) my grandmother and the ladies of her townswomens guild would hold a bazaar and a party for underprivileged kids every year during December.
    Amongst the Tombolas, the stalls selling toilet roll dollies and brightly coloured bath salts would be a cake stall and my grandmothers homemade sweet stall. For more than thirty years they sold these homemade treats without having to perform risk assessments or H&S being involved in any way. In that time I don't think they managed to poison or otherwise kill a single person. I will admit to being a bit sick once but put that down to the eight year old me rather over indulging in the unsold fondant fancies, rum truffles and cream sponge once the bazaar had ended and I was told "Help yourself!".

    Nor did any of the kids at the party fall ill, injure themselves or choke on a peanut to the best of my knowledge. In fact most went away stuffed to the gills and very happy having had fun that they might not have had otherwise.

    Perhaps the H&S nutters should just mind their own damn business and let the rest of us enjoy ourselves without sucking the fun out of everything people do or try to do to make the world a bit of a better and happier place.

  2. Anonymous10:59 AM

    It's the use of council property together with the rise of the spurious liability insurance claims industry that causes the problems I would imagine.

    That and H&S 'officers' needing to justify their jobs.

    Nevertheless, Craven seems a very apt name.

  3. Anonymous10:25 PM

    Does the event have adequate public liability insurance, does the firework operator have relevant licences?

  4. Anonymous12:02 AM

    Anonymous said...
    "Does the event have adequate public liability insurance, does the firework operator have relevant licences? "

    I'm not sure why the organisers would want fireworks - best kept for Fawkes night IMO. Public liability insurance may be a bit OTT for a village get together really - maybe they could just get together without seeing it as a formally organised event?

    On the other hand if Jamie Oliver has not approved the mince pies, well! Clearly lawlessness will have broken out and the full force of the law should be brought to bear forthwith ...

  5. Anonymous2:24 AM

    Is you Brits all smoking crack, over there?

    The bat-shit nonsense I read here.

    I find it hard to believe the descendants of Chruchill have descended to this.

    Dear God!

  6. Anonymous1:43 AM

    > Is you Brits all smoking crack, over there?

    Nope, but it would probably be helpful if we were.

    > The bat-shit nonsense I read here.

    It's all true and can be verified by reading our National Press.

    > I find it hard to believe the
    > descendants of Chruchill have
    > descended to this.

    I find it difficult to believe it myself. Ultimately, I blame Tony Blair and his Government, who introduced the "No Win, No Fee" legal legislation in the UK in the late 90's. The law of unintended consequences struck, and a mass of 'frivolous claim' court actions sent the cost of public liability insurance spiraling skyward. It is more than partially to blame for the current Health and Safety Nazi situation.

    The day I see Tony Blair's head on a spike cannot come soon enough. ;o)