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Monday, June 18, 2012

Prats of The Week - West Dunbartonshire Council

'Tis a "sunny" and "cheerful" Monday morning, therefore what better time than to award one of my prestigious and internationally renowned Prats of The Week Awards?

This week it goes to West Dunbartonshire Council.

For why?

Just ask the teachers, parents and children of Gartocharn Primary school, who were trying to enjoy their sports' day recently.

To make the occasion extra special the school decided to hire the services of the London Olympics chief starter (Alan Bell), who was going to use a starting pistol to start the various races etc etc.

However, he and the school had reckoned without the health and safety Gestapo from the council.

Can you guess what happened next children?

Yes, that's right, Nanny banned the use of the starting pistol.

For why?

The council were worried that the sound would frighten the children!

Have the council never watched kids at firework shows?

Kids love bangs and loud noises!

The council's solution?

To play a recording of a starting pistol from an iPod, or at least that was their "solution" until they were persuaded that they would like like complete morons if they went ahead with that. Instead a klaxon was used.

West Dunbartonshire Council, well deserving Prats of The Week!

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  1. I am sure that little men, with little willies, that are treated with contempt at home, take on such roles as 'Elf'n'Safety officer. This is because if anyone uses commonsense and questions their decision, they can play the "'Elf'n'Safety coverall card" which means, "Shut up and do as you're told."

    If kids are frightened by the noise, surely a digital recording of a starting pistol sounds the same as, well, a starting pistol....Funny that:-)
    This story is about power and control.....We are the state, do as you're told or we'll 'ave you......Nothing more, nothing less.

    Kids love bangs at firework displays, as you rightly say Ken......Education is about preparing people for the real world.....Bangs happen in the real world so, by depriving kids of facing bangs in the sheltered, bubblewrapped world of our feminised schools, they are failing in their role/duty of preparing kids for their lives the real world.

    Local councils are bonkers in all too many areas......We must all laugh at hi-viz and highlight in the press, Local Authorities' stupidity before its too late.....They usually back down once they're exposed to the day light of publicity......A well deserved award!

  2. Lord of Atlantis2:43 PM

    "The council were worried that the sound would frighten the children!"

    Are they having a laugh? When I was a kid I regularly watched 'cowboy' films, as well as those with 'cops and robbers' and 'secret agents' like James Bond, all of which contained gun battles and other explosions, and I wasn't in the least bit scared. Mind you I also enjoyed horror films. I believe you are correct about this, Tonk. These sad people cannot abide to witness others enjoying themselves: the only pleasure they have in life comes from bossing others around. A well-deserved award.

  3. Anonymous2:51 PM

    I think the award of ‘Prats of the Week’ should be shared with the Headmaster of Gartocharn Primary School.

    The council only has power over people that chose to follow their silly directives.

    The Headmaster should have stood up for himself, his staff, his school, his pupils and their parents by telling the council to fuck off.

  4. Toy Trumpet3:24 PM

    My daughter _IS_ terrified of loud bangs and noises. I would still support the use of the correct starting noise (and fireworks displays and the like) for EXACTLY the reason that she needs to learn to cope with the world as it is, rather than expecting the world to bend around her foibles.

  5. ReefKnot5:02 PM

    Why does anybody take the slightest bit of notice of these people ?

  6. "Surly-enny-fule-nose" - that ALL so-called 'sports' are not only intrinsically DANGEROUS, but also 'elitist' and potentially humiliating. Unless ALL receive prizes some participants may see themselves to be failures.

  7. "play a recording of a starting pistol from an iPod" they copied that from the good folk of some English town who had their communal bonfire cancelled so they resorted to a film of someone elses played outdoors on a wide screen (but I think they were taking the piss).

  8. Anonymous8:28 PM

    Ah no, the excuse of the 'bang' being scary is just that, an excuse. The real reason? It's a GUN!!!!!!!

    They'd have had to lay on a press release to explain why 27 armed police officers (with dog and helicopter support) had raided the school sports day and had 'inadvertently' shot Mr Bell whilst 'negotiating the release of the hostages'. Then they'd have to stump up the funds for all the 'counsellings' for the victims, not of witnessing Mr Bell shot, but those who had seen a 'firearm shaped object'. Then they'd have to cut at least half the 'unnecessary' frontline council services (rubbish collection, streetlights, etc.) to fund the working party group doing research into such incidents (each with the necessary top line executive car, secretary, and research trips to The Maldives on a 'fact finding mission'). At least there's a ready made 'excuse', I mean what kind of grown man goes to school to oggle young children dressed in skimpy clothing and intimidate them with a replica firearm into doing actions which leave them perspiring and out of breath? See he deserved it!

    I can guarantee that if the object making the bang was a 'Peruvian Peace Kazoo (with added rainbow and unicorn fart powered amplification)' there wouldn't have been a peep of protest. This is just typical hoplophobic f**kwittery.

    Sorry my cynical side is leaking again.