A grieving father yesterday called on the Government to ban the type of blind cord that killed his two-year-old daughter.Oh, here we go again…
New European rules impose a maximum length on cords and force makers of different types of blind to fit safety devices to stop cords coming loose. But Muireann’s dad Angus, 40, of Menstrie, Clackmannanshire, said the changes would do little good because they did not cover the 200million blinds already installed in UK homes.
He added: “The Government needs to see sense and ban looped cords.”And then what..? Send H&S officers into every home in the country to check all their windows?
Good grief! This is why we don’t let grieving relatives looking for someone else to blame to make policy.
Or rather, we shouldn’t let them, for the sake of common sense, but we all too frequently do.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents welcomed the new EU rules, but added that it was vital for families who already have blinds in their homes to keep looped cords away from children.Well, quite! Mind you, just expressing this opinion has probably now marked me down as a ‘troll’:
A woman whose young daughter died when she became entangled in a window blind cord has been targeted by internet trolls.Oh? How so?
Writing on the Sophia's Cause Facebook site, she admitted that the ill-informed remarks have driven her to the depths of despair.
"I've been criticised a lot about Sophia's Cause - people telling me that banning blinds with cords is pointless and that it is my fault Sophia died," she said.
"I've been blamed and called an unfit parent, neglectful and that people like me should not breed. "None of that it ‘trolling’. And most of it, I agree with – fully!
"At first it broke me, I cried and tried to take my own life. I slipped into an even deeper depression and just wanted to be out of this world and with my little girl.
"At some point I decided to ignore the trolls, the know-it-alls and the common- sense police.”Oh, wonderful! Yes, you ignore the people pointing out a common sense approach! Brilliant! We need more people to do that…
Through the campaign, Miss O'Halloran and her partner, Chris Parslow, want a UK ban on window blind cords. They have already attracted more than 5,000 signatures in support.5,000 signatures? That’s it? That’s all? I’d get more for a bid to set up a sanctuary for three-legged donkeys…
We have, undoubtedly, gone far too far down the road of allowing the bereaved and the unlucky and the careless free rein to demand changes to legislation.
To mark the anniversary, Mr Anderson said: “The government has tried to bring in changes but to our mind they do not go far enough.
“We’ve been down to London a few times and each time it’s as if they take something we’ve said on board but not all of it.
“I have piles and piles of paperwork on what has been going on around the country recently.
“The present government, they want to do it their way and not the way the families want it done.
“We should know what should be done, having gone through it all. ”No. You shouldn’t. Because the government needs to take everything into account, and not just the sometimes-sensible, often over-the-top demands of the bereaved.