Chris Moerdyk

I want a government, not a nanny

2013-07-29 08:31

Chris Moerdyk 

I know I have written a number of quite serious articles on the dangers of South Africa becoming a nanny state and to the best of my knowledge no-one has taken the slightest bit of notice.

So, I thought perhaps it might be an idea to show how incredibly stupid other countries are when they take it upon themselves to tell their citizens how to live, how to bring up their kids and particularly what and what not to do.

I read this story a while ago and had to do quite a bit of homework to make sure that it wasn't just some sort of April Fool's joke.

The quiet little county of Kent in England had been thrown into social turmoil by a spate of thefts from garden sheds.

The garden shed for the Kentish mink and manure set, is not just a place to keep a lawnmower or non-toxic, bunny-hugging, 100% organic "Mole Dispersal" elixir, but something more like a shrine - the domestic equivalent of the Sistine Chapel.

So, the shed-owners got together, formed a committee and decided to replace the windows in their sheds with glass panes with embedded wire mesh. You know the sort. We use them a lot in South Africa. A far more subtle approach than putting in burglar bars or an alarm system which would be admitting to the world that you have no backbone or maybe even shit-scared.

However, Britain being the global hub of the most ridiculous Health and Safety regulations, the police banned the use of mesh in windows "because burglars might hurt themselves when breaking in". Seriously.

Which now brings me to the following demonstration of the lunacy of political correctness sent in to me recently by one of my readers.

It is a sobering comparison on the difference in the UK, between schooldays in 1957 and those in 2013.

Johnny and Mark get into a fight after school. 

1957 - A Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up best friends.

2013 - The police called and arrest Johnny and Mark. They charge them with assault and both are expelled even though Johnny started it. Both children attend anger management programmes for three months. School governors hold a meeting to implement bullying prevention programmes.

Robbie won't be still in class and disrupts the other pupils.

1957 - Robbie is sent to office and given six of the best by the principal. He goes back to class, sits still and behaves himself. 

2013 - Robbie is given huge doses of Ritalin because his parents are too busy with their careers to really care too much. Robbie gets tested for all sorts of psychological and physiological problems and is sent to remedial classes which he also disrupts when his Ritalin and various other medicines run low. His parents and school don't understand why in later years he becomes a drug addict and starts killing people.

Billy accidentally breaks a window in his neighbour's car and his Dad gives him a whipping with his belt.

1957 - Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college, and becomes a successful businessman.

2013 - Billy's dad is arrested for child abuse. Billy is removed to foster care and joins a gang.

Mark gets a headache and takes some aspirin to school.

1957 - Mark gets glass of water from the principal and takes the aspirin.

2013 - The police are called; Mark is expelled from school for drug taking. His desk is searched for drugs and weapons.

Johnny takes apart leftover fireworks from Guy Fawkes night, puts them in a paint tin and blows up a wasp's nest.

1957 - Wasps die.

2013 - Police and the Anti-Terrorism Squad called. Johnny charged with domestic terrorism and the authorities investigate his parents. Siblings are removed from home, computers confiscated. Johnny's Dad goes on a terror watch list and is never allowed to travel by air again.

Johnny falls while running during morning break and scrapes his knee.  He is found crying by his teacher Mary who hugs him to comfort him.

1957 - Johnny feels better and goes on playing.

2013 - Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job. She faces three years in Prison. Johnny undergoes five years of therapy.

I sincerely hope that you didn't laugh at any of this. It is not funny. It is our future and in many cases it is already our present.

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