Sticks and stones may break my bones…
REMEMBER where you were this day – the day the world finally disappeared up its own fundament.
The thought police have finally found the straw to break the camel’s back by insisting on taking their nanny state into the school playground.
Now, they want to ban ‘names’.
On the face of it, the desire to ban name-calling certainly does have some merit.
No-one likes a bully, and getting called something you’d prefer not to be – I endured a primary school of ‘ Dumbo’ thanks to my ridiculous lugs – can be quite unpleasant.
But you can’t change people. You can’t change human behaviour.
And as the world where the grown-ups live can be a pretty unforgiving place at the best of times, surely the best way to prepare our future adults for it is to expose them to some of its rough and tumble.
In those ‘Dumbo’ years, the schoolyard scandal of the day was the banning of a game called ‘British bulldog’.
From memory it involved a load of kids running from one end of the playground to the other while trying to dodge would-be captors in the middle.
Sometimes, if they caught you, you’d go flying and scrape a knee. So in came the nannies to ban what was by and large a fitness-inducing pastime.
Banning running games was as daft as banning name-calling.
Sure, keep an eye on it, don’t let things get out of hand. But for Christ sakes, let the poor bloody kids be kids! IT can’t be much fun working in a steel mill right now – where jobs are disappearing from the industry faster than sunny days.
The latest to fall victim are 1,200 Tata Steel workers, who learned on Tuesday that their posts were being axed at plants in Scunthorpe and Lanarkshire.
Firms blame this on high electricity prices in the UK for such energy-intensive businesses, compounded by the extra cost of climate change policies.
The government’s policies to compensate steel firms for such extra costs have been coming in too slowly, they say.
There are also allegations the Chinese steel industry has been selling steel in the UK at unrealistically low prices – effectively “dumping” cheap steel on our market.
And the EU is unusually strict about state aid to iron and steel companies. Always there to help, that lot…