Someone Gets It

Every so often, you read the silly stories among the dross that constitutes the BBC website and in the middle of the dung heap of blind obedience and statism there shines a tiny gem. Today, hidden among the crap, I saw one such, like a little beacon of light in the darkness of the outer reaches of the galaxy.

Dog-owning parents at a Nottingham school have complained after being asked to leave their pets at home while picking up their children.

Middleton Primary School in Wollaton made the request following complaints pupils felt intimidated by dogs tied-up close to the entrance.

It also said a staff member had been bitten by a dog outside the school.

Okay, there are a number of things going on here. We could, of course, remind ourselves that only a couple of generations ago, parents didn’t collect their children from school –  we all walked alone after the first couple of trips. And, no, it isn’t that much more dangerous with predatory paedophiles on every street corner, no matter what the screaming media and servile politicians might tell us.

Then there is the issue of animals being kept under control. If a dog bites, the bitten must take issue with the owner of that animal, not all owners of dogs who happen to be collecting their children from the school. This is known as collective punishment and is always wrong and should always be robustly resisted.

If children are intimidated by dogs, then it is time they were acclimatised to them and taught not to be intimidated, not having their fears enabled by hiding the animals away. They are going to have to face dogs at some point in their lives –  unless they, too, are to be banned.

All that said, the school’s fence is private property and the school may, should it wish, insist that dogs are not tied to it.

Dog-owner Rosa Windsor said: “I’m ignoring it. I don’t think they have any right to tell us where to walk our dogs.”

And there, ladies and gentlemen, is our gem. Rosa Windsor is absolutely right. Outside the school is the public highway. She has every right to wait there with her dog. Deliberately and publicly disobeying the diktats of petty jobsworths who exceed their authority is absolutely the right response. It is just a shame that more don’t take such a healthy belligerent response. But still, green shoots and all that…

17 comments for “Someone Gets It

  1. May 9, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    A big cheer for Rosa!

    Just one thing: on the issue of the children ‘intimidated by dogs’. What demographic makeup are we talking about, perchance?

    • David
      May 9, 2012 at 6:17 pm

      My thoughts exactly. Which section of the ‘community’ is it that considers dogs unclean? Hmmmm…let me think…

    • May 9, 2012 at 6:45 pm

      I thought you meant dog demographic. Alsatians or yappy terriers.

      • May 9, 2012 at 7:28 pm


    • May 9, 2012 at 10:41 pm

      Actually, I hadn’t thought about that one, but you may well have a point.

    • Watchman
      May 10, 2012 at 12:58 pm

      Probably demographics that didn’t grow up with dogs, regardless of anything else. I doubt this is purely a matter of Halal (or whatever the correct term is for dealing with animals), and more a matter of too many families do not know how to inculture their kids with sensible attitudes towards animals – so that when a dog barks (as they tend to do), kids get frightened because they think it is shouting and vicious.

  2. May 9, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Also, the school said ‘the ‘polite request’ would not be enforced..’ – wtf? Are they teaching English at that school? You can’t enforce a request!

  3. Tattyfalarr
    May 9, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    The biggest threat my children have ever faced on the walk to and from school is…*drum roll*… other children.

    So let’s have a National Yob Child Register and either muzzle or ban them in public. 😆

    • May 9, 2012 at 7:10 pm


      • May 9, 2012 at 7:29 pm

        Don’t forget neutering!

        • Tattyfalarr
          May 10, 2012 at 3:32 pm

          A bit of tail-docking might do the trick 😉

  4. Single Acts of Tyranny
    May 9, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    “the school’s fence is private property”

    Well not really, we all own it apparently having paid for public education at gunpoint so tether Fido.

    • May 9, 2012 at 10:43 pm

      However, the school is responsible for the property – so are within their rights to impose rules upon school property – so, no tying dogs up against the fence would be within their remit. Where they step out of line is telling people to leave the dog at home.

    • Watchman
      May 10, 2012 at 1:01 pm

      By which logic we can all walk in and help ourselves to the computers…

      If public bodies have to exist (feel free to discuss) they do need to have some vague legal identity in order to perform their function – this includes property ownership. If you don’t like their custodianship, then we should be able to take it up with the elected officials who control them (and that is where the current system fails miserably).

  5. May 9, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    Like Longrider, I walked home alone from an early age, and would have considered it a massive insult to be told I wasn’t old enough.

    • Watchman
      May 10, 2012 at 1:02 pm

      Used to walk over a mile through remote countryside from where the bus dropped me (complicated mess of parish boundaries…). Never did me much harm, other than a tendency to talk to myself.

    • May 10, 2012 at 5:01 pm

      From age six I walked the half mile home from school, and yes, the greatest risk was from schoolchildren, not dogs or adults.

      Besides, only wimps and wussies were collected at the school gate. The rest of us bunked off to play football, climb trees, go fishing for minnows and bullheads or dam streams. So long as we were in for tea at five, no-one was ever that worried.

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