Thank you, Paul Sheehan, for bringing the Nanny Awards to our attention. (Say ‘No’ to the Nanny State, 22 Dec)
Not only is the award to RMS for road signs well merited, but there is a sub-group which deserves independent mention - School Speed Zones. Are we to understand that today’s young people are incapable of learning and observing the road safety rules?
But the biggest Nanny of all lies in store for us in 2015, if Mr Abbott gets his way. Paid Parental Leave could almost define Nannyism. Most of the argument usually focuses on the affordability of the various proposed schemes. But the fundamental point is that it is immoral in principle for the state to subsidise those who choose to procreate. Why should my taxes pay for you to have a baby? By all means let the state support those in need through no fault of their own, but having children doesn’t qualify.
Already positive discrimination in favour of ‘Parents with Prams’ can be seen in most shopping mall car parks, often at the expense of the genuinely disabled.
If you can’t cope with parenthood, financially or otherwise, don’t have them! The world in general and Sydney in particular need more people like a hole in the head.
PS THE SAME EDITION PUBLISHED ANOTHER LETTER ON THIS SUBJECT, WHICH I THOUGHT WAS EXCELLENT:
The same edition of the SMH published what I thought was a good letter on the same topic:
Paul Sheehan's Nanny Award to Sydney trains only tells half the story. If the travelling public does "see anything unusual or suspicious" the staff we're supposed to notify don't exist, at least on the south coast line where most stations are either staff-free zones or staffed during peak hour only. Perhaps a third nanny star could be awarded to the same recipient for the locked toilets on these stations, which bear the sign "if toilets are locked, see staff for key".
Jennie Morris Wollongong
There aren't too many ways available for venting one's anger or frustration at some of the things happening in the world around us. One such escape valve is the good old Letter to the Editor, even if only a small proportion of them gets published. It is often well-nigh impossible to keep the discussion short enough for the newspapers. So rather that have them expire in some Editor's Trash bin, we'll preserve them for posterity here. Inevitably, though, some nuances will be lost for those unfamiliar with the background or the letter or article to which we are responding. But each is undoubtedly a miniature literary masterpiece, though you may find the themes become somewhat repetitive.