Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Britain: Nanny State Descends into Police State

MORE British Insanity
Mother Needs Criminal Record Check Before Accompanying Epileptic Son to School

The Brits are entering the terminal stages of The Nanny State. While their streets are awash in criminals, the schools failing, the Health Care system on the respirator, and Islam on the verge of being the new royalty, the Brits have redoubled their efforts to make life more difficult for British families.

From the Daily Mail. (How do they find this stuff? Hotline?)

"Mother stopped from travelling with son in taxi to school - because she hasn't had a criminal record check"

Yep. In Britain a mother must have a criminal background check to accompany her child in a taxi to school.

And not just any child: an epileptic boy who could die without the assistance of his mother--and he would. British law prohibits the cab driver from assisting with the administration of medicine. From the story:

Accompanying her son to school is no routine family chore for Jayne Jones - it is a matter of life or death.

For 14-year-old Alex is severely epileptic and only his parents know how to operate the specialist equipment to help him if he suffers a life-threatening fit.But that has not stopped Mrs Jones being barred from travelling in the taxi provided by the council to take Alex the five miles to school. Her offence? Not to have had a Criminal Records Bureau check.

But only Mrs Jones and husband Malcolm, 42, who have another son Lucas, aged eight, are trained to use it. And as Mr Jones needs the family car to get to work - and Alex's taxi drivers cannot use the equipment should he need it - Mrs Jones needs to be able to travel with Alex to Greenfield special school in Merthyr Tydfil.

So the authorities were sympathetic, right?


They frankly did not give a damn. As in, they did not care. Simply, they could not grasp the fact that the women who cared for this child for 17 years could be trusted for a 15-minute taxi ride. In fact, in the infuriating, idiotic, Nazi-like responses we have come to expect from anyone in Britain who has even a scent of authority we get the following:

'For the protection of the council and all vulnerable persons in its care it's essential all those endowed with an authority, implicit or explicit, should meet the security requirements within the transport contract provisions.'

The Daily Mail was no more amused than DBKP. A consulted expert points out:

A recent study has warned that the rapid spread of child protection checks and health and safety rules has 'poisoned' relations between adults and children and left youngsters at greater risk.

It said CRB checks and the rise in other regulation have fuelled an atmosphere of suspicion and left adults afraid to intervene or take responsibility.

Yes. We see that. And we see that Britain is turning into a strange Police State where civil servants are neither civil nor servants.

by pat
images: telegraph; DBKP.com
* http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1034024/Mother-stopped-travelling-son-taxi-school--criminal-record-check.html?ITO=1490

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