Do you not think all this ‘PC’ business has got out of hand?
My brother Bryan has done this job for nigh on 20 years and nobody has ever complained but, because one or two people have taken umbrage over his ‘high fives’ (which incidentally all the kids loved) he resigned rather then give in to the minority.
I don’t watch day time TV but my sister emailed me on Sunday from Hull telling me to watch ‘This Morning’ on Monday to get the full facts, which I did and was glad I did. I had been following the story in the Hull Daily Mail online since it broke and now realised how stupid East Riding council really were!
It is getting to the stage now where if a toddler fell and tripped in front of me I would think twice before picking the child up and comforted it in case I was reported for trying to abduct it! I love kids, my grandchildren are nearly 3 year old and I play rough and tumble with them and they love it.
The thing about pendulums is that they have to reach the top of their swing before they can start to swing back.
Wit any luck, the PC pendulum doesn't have much farther to go before it starts its return swing.
Everyday functioning in our society has become a nightmare of negotiating your way through the various forbidden territories, and it shouldn't be like that. There are some pretty obvious areas on which we need to focus - racism, sexism, religious intolerance and child cruelty for instance but otherwise it's high time we allowed ourselves to live in a less oppressive framework.
High-fiving schoolchildren seems to me to be about the least offensive or dangerous habit there is for a lollipop man. Please reassure your brother that there are still plenty of us who haven't totally lost the ability to use our commonsense.