Saturday, November 29, 2008

Carol singers banned for ‘health and safety’ reasons

Cranmer has previously noted the demise of Bonfire Night for ‘health and safety’ reasons, and the consequent loss this is to the nation’s Protestant Christian heritage. And for years we have heard of the ascent of ‘Winterval’, out of sensitivity to those of other faiths, and the joint issuing of secular-themed and religious-themed Christmas stamps, in order to placate the pagans and humanists.

Now, it seems, carol singing has been banned in a shopping mall in Hemel Hempstead, citing, again, ‘health and safety’, reasons.

For 20 years the Brownies have spread their festive cheer in the Marlowes Centre, aimed principally at the elderly and disabled. But this year there is a new tree and more mobile trade stalls, so the carols have had to be sacrificed.

It is increasingly apparent that ‘health and safety’ legislation is becoming a hazard to British customs, traditions and heritage. It contains the ‘catch-all’ regulations which can be zealously over-applied and exploited by those of the ‘liberal Left’ for distinctly illiberal purposes.

One wonders why the ‘mobile trade stalls’ were permitted to expand to such an extent that just 100 bodies in one area might block the fire escapes. Of course, Mammon is exalted. Will the police be limiting the flow of Christmas shoppers in this area to ensure the fire-escapes are not blocked? No, of course not.

Why not just ban Christmas?

It is, after all, a cause of much worry, stress and heartache, all of which must be detrimental to (at least) the health of the population.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Why not just ban Christmas?"

Be careful what you wish for, Your Grace. Baring a return to Christian faith in this country, it should be phased out in the next 15 years, to be replaced by Eid Ul-Fitr.
Your successor will write a long, unreadable screed on why this is 'inevitable'.

29 November 2008 at 12:13  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

arragh - 'barring'

29 November 2008 at 12:13  
Anonymous oiznop said...

From the Telegraph:

Town mayor fires 400-year-old gun firing tradition because it might scare children

A market town's 400-year-old Christmas custom of firing muskets into the sky has been banned because of fears the noise will scare children.

Wimborne council in Dorset has told the town's Militia, which re-enacts traditions dating back to the 17th century, that it can no longer fire muskets over the Christmas tree.

The council said the noise of the blank shots would be too loud for children and would keep families away from the annual event to mark the switching on of the lights.

But members of the Militia said the council was "mollycoddling" children.

The town crier, Chris Brown, a member of the Militia, which performs in 17th century dress, said the ritual of scaring spirits from the town's Christmas tree "added a bit of pomp, colour and history to the ceremony and makes us special and almost unique from any other town in the country".

He added: "Being told we cannot do it because it might scare children is very sad and almost a bit daft.

"We understand the loud shots can make children jump but we give plenty of notice.

"Mollycoddling children will not help them cope with the unexpected, which might not necessarily be in their best interest in the long-run."

The Militia comprises 30 volunteers who take it in turns to perform at events in the town throughout the year. They carry wooden match-and-lock reproduction muskets to fire.

Mr Brown, 53, said: "We are one of only two towns in the country who have a Militia so it makes us almost unique.

"At the Christmas event there are usually carols and then a countdown to the switch-being thrown. We then simultaneously fire a blank shot with our muskets into the air.

"Prior to this, I go around the crowd giving them a warning and safety advice on how to protect their ears.

"Occasionally a baby will cry, but babies cry at the sound of fireworks. Most people enjoy it."

John Burden, 62, the deputy mayor, said he had taken the decision in the absence of the mayor Robin Cook, who is on holiday.

Mr Burden said: "I cannot speak for the mayor on what he would do, but before he went away he told me the decision on whether to have muskets was up to me.

"Last year there were children who were very upset and crying for some time after the muskets were fired.

"Numerous people have stopped me in the street and said they will not be bringing their children if the Militia was there again.

"To me, the switching on of the lights is an event for children and if we fire the muskets, it will stop a good number of people from coming to the town."

The custom dates back to 1680 when the local militia group would fire their live muskets over the town's Christmas tree.

The re-enactment group was formed 10 years ago to revive the custom.

29 November 2008 at 12:29  
Blogger Ælfheah said...

"I felt like jumping in a taxi and crying 'Take me, take me to listen to those dangerous, unhealthy Girl Guides.'"

29 November 2008 at 13:26  
Anonymous sniper said...

Your grace,

I had an opportunity to wander through a shopping area about 2 weeks ago. I, along with all the other shoppers, was greeted by a 7 foot tall Father Christmas. Also on view was a pair of life size Santas, a mechanical band of santas, 2 animated polar bears hanging presents on a Christmas Tree, a Nativity Scene all to the accompaniment of Christmas Carols palyed over the sound system. Members of staff wer wearing Santa hats and wished shoppers a "Merry Christmas". Where was I? Bahrain Airport.

29 November 2008 at 14:50  
Blogger Felonius Monk said...

If it were a perfect world,we wouldn't have these idiotioc and false right-wing "War On Christmas" memes every year,because in a perfect world,Christians and thei irrational,fear based bullshit would be long gone.

I am sick and tired of the cultists and their never-ending lies and false accusations.Take your make believe supernatural baby and his invisible sky king father,shove them up your asses and shoot the fuck up.

You and your fear mongering blather are tired and not wanted anymore.

29 November 2008 at 16:24  
Anonymous jjorsett said...

I'm with you, Felonius Monk. Hey, I hear the Muslims have this thing called Ramadan. Perhaps you should go on a few sites and tell them what a bunch of deluded fools they are for observing it. I'll hold your coat.

29 November 2008 at 16:48  
Blogger len.allan said...

Every knee WILL bow and confess Jesus Christ as Lord, yes even yours!
He came for sinners just like you!

29 November 2008 at 17:50  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course, "Winterval" was used exactly once, ten years ago, as a promotional name for Christmas sales in one city.

Since then, it's been a favourite imaginary bogeyman of dribbling paranoid lunatics and nothing else.

29 November 2008 at 18:05  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This post is in error. the Scouts were limited to 20 carolers. Hardly a ban on caroling. I could see were too many kids are a hazard.

29 November 2008 at 18:17  
Anonymous Adam- said...

I wonder if there's a connection between the ban levied on a group of reenactors firing muskets and the general hand-wringing over teenage gangsta-wannabes stuffing toy guns down their pants to impress their mates and feel 'ard?

29 November 2008 at 19:25  
Anonymous shaven-headed tattooed knuckledragging prole said...

As NuLabour has recruited vast numbers of public employees to boost its voter base, is it any wonder that these tax-parasite jobsworths have to justify their surplus-to-requirements existence by repressive micro-management of every facet of life?

29 November 2008 at 19:30  
Anonymous some bloke said...

Ælfheah how do you do that dipthong thingey ?

Your Grace, to return On Topic shortly but
oiznop said 12:29... John Burden, 62, the deputy mayor said
"Numerous people have stopped me in the street and said they will not be bringing their children if the Militia was there again."
So why don't the grown men of Wimborn tell John Burden 62 to rot in hell because these are no doubt the same people who stop Jaqui Smith in the street demanding ID cards NOW ! and, if insurance is an issue, ask the people of Otterey St. Mary who sorts out theirs for the just as much fun practise of Tar Barrelling ( Zurich, since you ask ).

Back on topic, I have already purchased a bumper pack of 50 Christmas cards featuring religious icons ranging from the Baby Jesus to Joseph & Mary, Magi, The Star Of Bethlehem, Shepherds and The Hand Of God which I have individually addressed to as many named officers of my local and county councils as I could find ( 43 to date ).
I trust that they accept them in the spirit intended and do not choke on their PC lattes.

" A Pox On Their Winterval "

29 November 2008 at 21:29  
Anonymous Igor said...

Too many kids are only a hazard if you give them each a small mirror and show them that they can aim the reflected light at a single spot.

And I'm beginning to think that "Health and Safety" would be a fun career move. 'What shall we ban today...?'

29 November 2008 at 22:05  
Anonymous anon 2 said...

Wonderful, Some Bloke!!! I'm going to do the same - and I'm still hoping to get up some huge groups of carol singers....

Seriously, I think we should be creative about this sort of 'peaceful' protest while we still can.
They'll probably not martyr us all just yet; but when the other iron boot descends they won't have prison space to spare, so...

30 November 2008 at 00:21  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone see the roots of this in Freemasonry? If you do, are you considered a conspiracy nut? be it. It does have its roots in Freemasonry and you would do well to read what Pope Leo XIII had to say about its extent in politics and society.


30 November 2008 at 00:47  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous 00:47

Well he should know he is the effective head of Freemasonry. Whether a majority of free masons know it to be so or not. I can assure you Tony Blair and Gordon Brown do. Tony Blair is a Knight of Malta. Which is a sworn masonic servant of The Pope in Rome.


Cranmer have no fear concerning the future of Bonfire Night. November 5th is a very important day for the Jesuits. It was after all one of the most clever black-ops they ever successfully carried out. Since that day the British have been living the lie that they live in a truly protestant country. When in reality nothing of the kind actually ever existed for any notable amount of time. November 5th is possibly one of The Popes longest private joke.

The establishment are all but united at the very top. While we the people have never been more divided, confused, dependent, and truly ignorant of our own true reality.

IMO we are entering a new Dark Age that many of us, if not all of us, will never see the end of.

It is sometimes hard not to blame the people themselves, in my opinion it has never been the fault of the common people. Who are only as mad as the system has made them. The system however is psychopathic, pathological, and above all elitist in the extreme.

We are like the now milk less crippled cow shortly destined for the butchers counter. However we are only so useless to ourselves and others for these reasons.

The bastards broke both our rear legs at birth, then spent then rest of our lives breaking our front legs as well, while sucking our teats dry.

Atlas shrugged

30 November 2008 at 01:32  
Blogger Kippers Dickie said...

"Despite the cold and drizzle, half the town turned out to watch the Mayor of Tonbridge & Malling arrive on Santa's sleigh. Unfortunately in the process of getting to the sleigh the Mayoress slipped over and hurt herself. Thankfully the paramedics arrived quickly and were able to patch her up so that she could continue with the ceremonial duties."

Expect sleighs to be banned next year.

30 November 2008 at 06:16  
Anonymous Voyager said...

I thought Christmas had been banned under The Commonwealth...and as we hurtle towards a new civil war surely the groundwork is being laid by our ignorant apparatchik class ?

30 November 2008 at 06:56  
Blogger 2345 said...

It's 'oppression' - clenched first 'Stalinism' wrapped in a velvet glove.

30 November 2008 at 10:48  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


1 December 2008 at 03:13  
Blogger ZZMike said...

Formerly Great Britain.

Will Pitt, Peel, Disraeli, Churchill, not to mention Nelson and Kitchener, all have died in vain? The country they fought so long and hard to build, and to protect, is going down in flames.

Sometimes I wonder whether it's only the madmen in charge (see the Telegraph article some weeks back about the shop owner who was threatened with being fined because he had a plastic "sanny wrapper" in his office, and had not notifed the Town Council that he was generating "industrial waste"), or whether the citizens have also gone mad, playing out a Monty Python skit ("Upper, Lower, and Middle-Class Twits").

Speaking of twits, it's nice to know that England is now, and has been, a fiefdom of the Vatican. I'm sure the good Archbishop Rowan Williams (long a staunch Defender of the Faith) will not take that lying down.

1 December 2008 at 22:44  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ban Christmas... A brilliant idea! I detest this time of year. Just a consumerism con. Santa or Satan? You decide...

9 December 2008 at 18:39  

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