“Let’s Hold The Show Right Here!*”

Friends of Joe Porter, 16, pictured, who died in February from a rare form of bowel cancer, had planned the charity event in Nailsea’s Somerset Square on April 13 to raise money for the #skydive4joe appeal.

Around 100 people were expected to take part in the Harlem Shake which would have been filmed and shown on YouTube.

How heartwarming! How noble! How…doomed to failure.

Organiser Emma Robbins, a family friend, said: “We chose the town centre as we thought it was an easy, central location for everyone to get to.

“When I spoke to the town centre office, initially they said it was fine to go ahead. Then a few weeks later I received a call asking if we had insurance for the event.

“Then we were told we would need to carry out a risk assessment of the event, provide marshals and first aid cover and apply to North Somerset Council for a temporary events licence. It seems like a lot of red tape to go through just to hold an event which will probably last for just a few minutes.

“I understand the need for health and safety but this was a fun event for the local community which is raising money for the appeal.”

But you don’t really ‘understand the need for healthy and safety’, do you? At least, the modern need for it.

No longer is it a way of ensuring that children don’t die in chimney stacks or grown men down poorly maintained mines. No, it’s grown and evolved, and now it’s (mostly) a way of ensuring that local public sector workers are maintained on the payroll and no-one ever gets the idea this is a free country….

* As long as we have the necessary permit & required expenditure outlay to satisfy the state…

12 comments for ““Let’s Hold The Show Right Here!*”

  1. john in cheshire
    April 6, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    What would happen if they just turned up and did their shake and filmed it. They would probably have dispersed before the local government entities arrived to stop it? No? Is that flawed thinking, or are we just so indoctrinated to be law-abiding citizens that we’d never dare to do that?

    • Mudplugger
      April 6, 2013 at 3:18 pm

      As the accidental owner of many trees (with Preservation Orders) which need regular, sometimes dramatic pruning, my tip is to do your ‘evil deed’ over a Bank Holiday: Easter or Christmas are usually best, being the longest – that way none of the council jobsworths are there to answer the phone if any local busy-body tree-hugger complains.

      And by the time the holiday’s over, the busy-body has forgotten or moved onto their next innocent victim. And anyway, the deed’s done – even Superglue won’t fix those large branches back.

    • April 7, 2013 at 6:30 am

      Yes, we are. That’s the problem for law-abiding people, and it’s why certain other sections of society just walk all over us…

  2. TwentyRothmans
    April 6, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    “I understand the need for health and safety ”

    It’s one thing or the another. If a man says he’s only going to put it a little bit in, don’t come crying to me if he hits the buffers.

    I’m appalled that the council did not demand a diversity officer.

    • April 7, 2013 at 6:19 am

      Argh! Don’t give them ideas!

  3. Stonyground
    April 6, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    This story reminds me of the so called guerrila gardeners who voluntarily tidy up bits of wasteland and plant flowers in them without seeking any kind of official permission. They do it this way for the reason that as soon as any beaurocrats get involved, any initiative immediately hits the buffers. In some cases the GGs have cleared a piece of wasteland of discarded syringes, broken glass and dog cack and created an impressive community garden before the jobsworths caught on. At this point there is nothing that authorities can do without making themselves look ridiculous.

    • April 7, 2013 at 6:17 am

      But so long as the tax money keeps rolling in, why should they care?

  4. The Jannie
    April 6, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    Isn’t there something called a “flashmob”? If there is – I wouldn’t know about these things – it might come in useful in jobsworth-fuelled circumstances like this.

    • April 7, 2013 at 6:11 am

      Well, quite! All this has taught people is that you shouldn’t ask permission…

      • Diesel
        April 7, 2013 at 1:15 pm

        “It’s better to ask forgiveness than permission”. I don’t bother with the forgiveness part anymore.

        My local council want us to put on a family day in the local park. To pay for the things like the bouncy castle etc, we are charging traders £15 to put up a stall on the periphery. The council now want us to pay for a street trader licence for each one. At £25 each!

        So we’ve replanned it. No traders, no bouncy castle, no licensing. We’ll sell on behalf of the traders as “not for profit”, and the council gets nothing, we we’ll do what we want anyway :mrgreen:

  5. Martin D
    April 7, 2013 at 9:30 am

    The problem is when you even get police officers looking for a “quick buck” tripping over a kerb that they had not been trained to spot and putting in a insurance claim so enable a nice early retirement, what do you expect?.

  6. Greg Tingey
    April 7, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    This, of course is nothing at all to do with REAL health & safety.
    You may (or not?) have noticed, but the H&SE have finally had enoough, & proclaimed that a good proportion of the excuses trotted out by various jobsworths are just that – lying excuses.

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