July 16, 2009 They are now the most powerful lobbying force in the land. You can see the results of their campaigns on park benches, on street corners, on station platforms – and now their hectoring signage is sprouting on desolate beaches and once unspoiled stretches of moorland. They are more energetic than the RSPCA. They are more effective than the birdwatchers, the child‑protectors and the petrolheads put together. Indeed, for manic dedication they are only rivaled by Fathers4Justice. Ladies and gentlemen, let's have a big hand for this year's winner of the prize for the Most Successful Special Interest Group. I give you – the Royal Society for the Extremely Stupid.
Actually, they're not my words but the commentary of the consistently excellent Boris Johnson writing in the UK Daily Telegraph about the Nanny State mentality.
Although the words come from the Telegraph, the image comes courtesy of the Manifesto Club, an institute campaigning against the hyperregulation of everyday life.
If you are keen to support the eradication of Public Service Stupidity, Manifesto Club is publishing a photo book entitled Attention Please which is a compilation of the most humorous, unnecessary, absurd and patronizing safety warnings in public space, submitted by its members over 2008-9.
Thanks to Chris Berg of the Institute of Public Affairs for pointing all this out to us.