Sunday, 6 February 2011

If your child has head lice, blame 'Rab' Butler

As a prime example of a muddled but well-meaning central State pouring millions of tax money into doing something that people did quite adequately themselves already only to leave the situation worse than it was before, this from today's Indie;
The other problem, she says, is that when routine scalp inspections were introduced as part of the 1944 Education Act (leading to the establishment of an army of "Nitty Nora" nurses whose job it was to examine thousands of schoolchildren on a regular basis), parents stopped taking responsibility for the problem.
"Before that, lice were a problem that parents had to deal with – the knowledge was there in families, and if they were discovered people knew how to get rid of them," she says. "But that knowledge has disappeared. In fact, she maintains, "Nitty Noras" were spectacularly ineffective in detecting head lice infestations. "They were a complete waste of time. They couldn't possibly hope to detect the lice in every child's hair – they missed most of them."
I really can't add to that. If your child has nits, blame 'Rab' Butler. 

6 comments:

Edward Spalton said...

Yes - and he was responsible for the '44 Education Act - a well intentioned measure in its way but it effectively nationalised the grammar schools, giving that public schoolboy, Anthony Crosland, the power to "close every f***ing grammar school in the country" as he succinctly put it. The theory was that "children must not rise out of their class but with it".

Unfortunately he was followed by Margaret Thatcher who closed down more than any other Education Minister. She later blamed Labour!

F***W*T TW****R said...

Labour, they need fucking. Cunts the lot of them. The far left need to have their asses spanked.

egh said...

I don't know who the previous poster is, but he sounds like the clone of someone I once heard speak. If so, he hasn't developed this cure for all ills one jot - whether or not he made it beyond grammar school.

This time, though, I disagree with him only on the grounds that his prescription is too good for the patient.

Anonymous said...

Any evidence that the 'noras' were incompitant and the parents indifferent?
I thought the demise of the 'short back and sides' helped aggravate the head lice problem.

Anonymous said...

Ah yes, the Nitty Noras - and their mates who insisted on putting their freezing cold hands down the inside of a young chap's Y-fronts....

Bob Doney said...

I would imagine that communal sleeping in air raid shelters probably didn't help much either.