Earlier in the week, the papers were up in arms about the scandal of cage fighting children. Except the children involved were doing something far less scary than 'cage fighting'. 'Where was their headgear?' asked the knee-jerkers, without being aware that the kids were taking part in a bout where punching and kicking were disallowed, punishable by disqualification.*
This wasn't good enough for top Mail blowhard, James Slack, who points out in his soberly headlined 'We have laws to protect dogs, but not our children':
The organisers would counter that, unlike adult cage-fighting contestants, the children are not allowed to punch, kick, knee or elbow each other during the competitions.
But the rules are almost inevitably broken, and it’s unsurprising to hear the British Medical Association warning of the dangers of brain injury – or worse.So one Mail commentator outs himself as a member of the Elf n Safety Brigade, calling for the mandatory wearing of headgear for children just in case they break rules and hit one another.
I look forward to Mail outrage at the sight of kids not wearing headgear to play football, kiss chase and conkers.
Today's Mail on Sunday headline shouts "BBC TURNS ITS BACK ON YEAR OF OUR LORD", above a story that closes with:
The BBC said last night: 'The BBC has not issued editorial guidance on the date systems.
'Both AD and BC, and CE and BCE are widely accepted date systems and the decision on which term to use lies with individual production and editorial teams.'So, the Mail is actually arguing against BBC editors being allowed to describe things as they want, and presumably want them to be made to use one permitted term.
Welcome to the PC and Elf n safety Gone Mad Brigades, the Mail. You'll get your ID cards in the post.
*I've had a frustrating exchange in the comments to Steve Baxter's post on the issue, with someone arguing entirely from their imagination. Fun fun fun.