Saturday, 25 October 2008

Resent the New Labour Nanny State? Man, you ain't seen nothin'

A lot of people don't like being told what to do. Posh people who need to keep their beaks out of other peoples' business need to stop telling us what to do. Apparently. It was never like this. Apparently.

Huge numbers of people hold a grudge after the smoking in public places thing, no one likes to be told not to drop litter, slow down in their cars, pay their taxes and so on. However the British Film Institute archive have a large number of public information films designed to be shown in cinemas and in public meetings.

Do you think, in war time Britain we needed to be told how to make tea. No?

Check these two spiffing Cockney gels and their swivel eyed mentor teaching Grandma to suck eggs.......



Remember - "pot to kettle, NEVER kettle to pot".

How about this extraordinary film for adolescent girls from 1951



That wonderful RP accent - "Dewn't worray if you feel sleck or lazay".

I never do, dear, I never do.

But this one takes the biscuit. How to pack a suitcase, anyone?



Ah, the good old days.