I have just come across a lovely opinion piece by Chris Moerdyk. he has things down pat in this one and I happen to thoroughly agree... The same thing is going on here.
I want a government, not a nanny
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.
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.
Which now brings me to the following demonstration of the lunacy of political correctness sent in to me recently by one of my readers.
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.
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.
Billy accidentally breaks a window in his neighbour's car and his Dad gives him a whipping with his belt.
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.
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