The Corner

Spirit of the age

A word to anybody planning on visiting Oldham in northern England. All persons in municipal parks are assumed to be perverts, just to be on the safe side:

A COUPLE were banned from taking photographs of their baby daughter on a swing by a park warden who declared it `inappropriate.’

Steve Brook and partner Mandy Smith were having a family day out with 11-month-old Rebecca when the council worker swooped.

“It beggars belief,” said Steve, 35. “The fact that a mummy and daddy can’t take a picture of their own daughter is ridiculous… I asked him why and he said it was illegal to take pictures of children in the park. I explained it was my own daughter but he still said it wasn’t allowed.”

A council official said: “We are committed to ensuring that all our parks are safe and welcoming places for all visitors. To ensure this happens staff are instructed to be observant and aware of the activities of park users and consider whether they are appropriate.”

Mark Steyn is an international bestselling author, a Top 41 recording artist, and a leading Canadian human-rights activist.

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