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Nanny Knows Best
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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Nanny Bans Drinking Again

Nanny's chief medical officer, Sir Liam Donaldson, is bleating that children under 15 should not be given any drink at all by their parents...ever.

Here's why this is bollocks:

1 It is up to the parents to determine how best to raise the kids, not the state.

2 Being taught to respect drink under adult supervision is a far better way to be introduced to it, rather than by sitting in a carp park swigging cider with your mates.

3 Just because a child is given moderate quantities of booze does not mean that he/she will turn into an alcoholic, or damage his/her liver.

4 I had my first drink at the tender age of 1 (the dregs from a barley wine bottle) and often shared a Mackeson's with my Grandad, it didn't do me any harm.

In short Nanny's chief medical offcier should keep his nose out of people's private lives!

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  1. Anonymous1:20 PM

    I read this on a news website this morning - and the article next to it bemoaned today's poor literacy levels. If the state HAS to interfere with kids' upbringing, how about teaching them to read and write...

  2. Anonymous1:32 PM

    smithy said:

    "how about teaching them to read and write..."

    My parents taught me to read, write and do very simple sums before I started infants school at the age of four (1954)

    Back in the Fifties my parents often spent a weekend evening at the local and I played in the beer garden. I was usually given a sip of Mackeson or Guinness as well as my drink of proper, old fashioned, really fizzy ginger beer. Am I an alcoholic? No, in fact I only take an occasional drink, and when I do it's just ONE drink.

    Real Shandy contains some alcohol - is that to be banned as well.


  3. You'd think this government didn't have a credit crunch and bankruptcy to worry about wouldn't you. It's not just the case that they have just announced this. Can you imagine how many useless research groups, working parties, quangos and advertising are costing for this sort of stupidity?

    Children here in Spain drink watered down wine with a special occasion dinner and we have far less of an alcohol problem than the UK.

    This government needs to realise that the more they nanny and preach, the more people are just going to say "Up Yours" and do the complete opposite.

  4. Anonymous2:44 PM

    I agree with Sue's thoughts. ( I love your Jacki Smith related blog too)

    In my experience, the best way to get kids to do something is to tell them not to.

    A sensible, supervised introduction to alcohol has got to be the best bet.....I too had a sip of beer from my father's beer glass at Christmas when I was about eight or nine years of age.
    I had home made shandy on special occassions from about age thirteen or so.

    We have such a problem with alcohol in this country purly because of silly diktats from Nanny past and present.....We need to adopt a more continentel attitude to alcohol and take the "Forbidden Fruits" label away from it....Preaching and banning will never work, it needs to be seen to be just an ordinary piece of everyday life and no big deal.

  5. "how about teaching them to read and write..."

    These days that is considered in some quarters to be a form of child abuse.

  6. Anonymous9:07 PM

    At the TICAP conference one of the speakers said that the best warning on a packet of cigarettes would be "your parents think that smoking is cool"


  7. Anonymous10:35 PM

    I hope you don't mind, Ken, but I think that this is worth reading and other people who are reading your blog might miss it:

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  9. Anonymous10:23 AM

    I blame the Carp for my drinking problem

  10. "In short Nanny's chief medical officer should keep his nose out of people's private lives!"

    Trouble is... he wouldn't have a job then, would he? Where else do you get £120,000 a year and a gold-plated pension. Be reasonable, Ken!

  11. Anonymous8:13 PM

    Poor nanny state, forgottin the medicinal value of a good swig?

    Ah, my 3 sons each had a hearty swig of sweet kosher wine during their circumcision ceremony when they were a mere 8 days old. None of these boys cares for the drink today . . .at ages 17, 21 and 23.

    Go figure.