There is a section of the population that scare me.
I call them the Nannied.
These are the people who are incapable of thinking for themselves and who sit there in a state of total anxiety waiting for some “expert” or “authority” to tell them what to do. These same people apparently are idiotic enough to think that everything is absolutely safe unless there are explicit statements by “the authorities” that it isn’t.
Occasionally one of them will hit the headlines. We will hear of some tragedy where a child was killed on a quad-bike or drowned while surfing and immediately the parents start screaming for legislation to ban all quad-bikes or to fence off all access to the sea. Do these people really not realise that a quad-bike can turn over? Have they never heard of drowning before? Would they pour a gallon of petrol onto the living room fire to light it because there are no printed warnings on the mantelpiece? Would they stick their fingers in a live light socket because there is no safety guard?
Then there are those who love to grab the headlines to pander to the Nannied.
There is a perfect example in the news today –
Sweet suffering Jayzus on a banana! Do the Nannied really have to be told this? Do they really have to be advised, not just to keep kids away from lawnmowers but to actually lock them up? Is Dr Eadie just looking for her moment of fame in the headlines or does she genuinely think there are people who need to be warned of the obvious. Sadly, I suspect the latter.
As for the people for whom the warning is intended …
If you don’t realise that machinery can be dangerous you really aren’t fit to be a parent.