Bureaucracy gone mad. A West Yorkshire (that's in England) hospital has banned visitors from cooing at new-born babies over fears their human rights are being breached and to reduce infection. On one ward there is a doll featuring the message: "What makes you think I want to be looked at?" Labour MP Linda Riordan said the measures were "bureaucracy gone mad". "All mothers want people to admire their babies because all babies are beautiful. But in a case where a mother did not want to answer questions it should be up to that individual to say so."
"Cooing should be a thing of the past because these are little people with the same rights as you or me," quoth Debbie Lawson, neo-natal manager. Well, yeah. We respect those rights here in the USA. We rush out and buy our newborns .45 ACP sidearms just as soon as we can get to the gun store. As soon as they're home from the hospital we prop them behind the wheel of a 385 hp Mustang GT, too.
No wonder Great Britain ain't so great anymore.