October 23


Nuttier than a fruitcake


There are days when I wonder if the world is crazy – or it’s just me? I suspect those who know me might suggest the world is fine but they have doubts about me. Sad, but I comfort myself by realising that all the people I know are very strange. No flies on me!

But, seriously, there is a breed of lunatic on the loose threatening the very fabric of modern society. They are ‘the regulators’. A weird bunch, they fear anything not entirely imprisoned within red tape.

They let their concerns – real and imagined – infect all who come in contact with them. Because their twin maladies of paranoia and zealotry convince them they are always right, they insist things be done their way.

Worse, they invoke political correctness to disable dissent. A very insidious and frighteningly effective tactic.

The results erode our most fundamental freedoms until we risk losing our entitlement to individualism. Think I’m a screw loose? Then consider this:

A recruitment agency spruiked its credentials in my local paper the other day by alerting us that many workplaces are starting to go ‘nut free’.

Yep, they said they’d done a survey that found one-in-five people say they have worked for a company with a nut-free policy. No, not companies who refuse to hire idiots. Companies that don’t like peanuts. Or cashews. Or Brazilians. Or real people.

These same mystery employees (one-in-five) claim they have seen a colleague experience a severe allergic reaction at work.

Now, at 62 years of age, I have worked in a lot of places for an awful lot of years but I ain‘t never yet witnessed a severe allergic reaction. Seen some dreadful hangovers, mind you, but no life-threatening allergies.

Undaunted by reality, these neo-Nazis are now urging us to ask our colleagues to wash their hands after they have eaten allergy-inducing foods. Hey, I’d like my mates to wash their hands after they’ve done a wee but it doesn’t seem to make much difference!

They also want us to request they not eat these foods in shared workspaces. Hey, I’d like to ask people who love tuna and sardines not to bring them within ten kilometres of me unless there’s a gale-force wind blowing the other way. But I respect their right to enjoy food they like.

Can we please let commonsense prevail and be prepared to say NO to these do-gooders who want to warp our minds with guilt trips that are entirely unjustified?