I have read some pretty scary stories of how politcally correct and bureaucratic the UK has become. A recent story had some Muslims completely outraged at an advertisement for the police because it had a dog in it, which is considered unclean to them. The proper response would have been something to the effect of “don’t be ridiculous- it’s just a dog.” Instead the police apologized and said they would offer an alternative. I guess it’s not surprising as the PC climate there is such that, if I heard correctly, the police aren’t even allowed to carry a gun with them- they must keep them in the trunks of their cars.
Anyway, the story I’m posting about leaves me shaking my head at where this world is going. This couple has a teenage son who is epileptic (and has cerebral palsy) and often travels to school by means of a taxi. Only mom and dad know how to use some special equipment they have if the boy goes into a seizure. When driving their son to school, there is absolutely no problem whatsoever. However, he usually has to take a cab due to the car not being available. Mom has to go with him in case he has a fit, but get this, she isn’t allowed to because she hasn’t had a Criminal Records Bureau check. Say what? She’s the mom! Apparently since the cab is provided for them, they have to follow the rules precisely- being mom doesn’t get her a waiver. How ridiculous is that? Of course, she’s going through the process, but really, why should she have to? Anyway, here’s the link to the story: