Sunday, April 16, 2006
The End of the British Paper-Boy/Girl is Nigh
Ellee Seymour's Saturdays will never be the same. Her local newsagent has stopped delivering newspapers. He says that new health & safety legislation means he cannot take the risk of employing kids to deliver them any longer. Ellee says: "Legislation demands that he is personally responsible for the safety of his delivery boys' bikes, he has to be satisfied their lights are in good working order and that their tyres are pumped sufficiently. He also has to ensure they wear safety helmets too, which teenagers would never be seen dead in.He has had enough of being told what to do and how to run his business after many successful years in the trade. Let alone follow nanny state rules. So from Monday, my papers will be left behind his counter for me to collect." So does anyone know which piece of Nanny State legislation is to blame? One side effect will of course me increased carbon emissions as the whole village takes to its cars to drive to the shop to collect their papers. I wonder if this regulation was subjected to an Environmental Impact Assessment? For the full story click HERE.