Today in England we saw the NANNY STATE in total overdrive.
Why, a suspicious package was spotted under a bridge on a major motorway leading out of London.
Was some one sent to examine this bucket, or barrel, or box or what ever it was?
Instead the WHOLE MOTOR WAY WAS SHUT DOWN FOR OVER FIVE HOURS IN BOTH DIRECTIONS.
Robots and remote controlled sniffers were brought to the scene. Helicopters flew over head. Special police units were flown in. The army bomb squad was put on stand-by and all the experts studied the situation from long distance cameras. And what, may we ask, was in the barrel? Nothing but corrosive chemicals that some truck driver had dumped to avoid going to the HazMat section in the local landfill.
Give us a break!
Two hundred thousand vehicles and some four hundred thousand people were held up for five hours. This amounts to the loss of two million man hours over a barrel of waste oil.
Surely Shakespeare has a play written about such nonsense. Yes, It is "Much ado about nothing."
Perhaps the terrorists are not the only people we need to protected from. The national nannies have become just as great a pain.