Coming soon to an American town near you… the Nanny State:
It is a common occurrence up and down the country every day.
Groups of mothers with their children get together for a chat and a cup of tea or coffee.
But mothers who attend one weekly coffee morning have been left furious after health and safety chiefs banned hot drinks from their event.
Volunteers have been ordered to change the name of the Friday morning sessions from ‘Coffee and Play’ to just ‘Baby Play’.
Biscuits have also been replaced by healthy snacks including fruit and bread sticks.
Parents attending the Stratford Children’s Centre in Stratford-upon-Avon, must now catch up over a plastic cup of water.
Stratford-upon-Avon… that is where Shakespeare lived.
I wonder… if Old Shakey was alive today what would he write…
To drink a hot beverage, or not to: that is the question:
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of a possible hot liquid spill,
Or to instead take cold water from a plastic cup,
And by embracing the Nanny State end the worry? To have freedom: to worry;
No more; and by a freedom to say we end
The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks
That responsibility is heir to, ’tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish’d. To surrender our freedoms, to sleep;
To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there’s the rub;
For in that sleep of the Nanny State what dreams may come
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil…
You know what… if Shakespeare lived in today’s England he’d totally suck just like their modern “society” does.
All’s well that ends well, I suppose!