Tuesday 17 December 2002

An outbreak of common sense - for the time being

Edinburgh City Council has "suspended" the ban on parents photographing school nativity plays. Unsurprisingly, the original decision was met with outrage and derision. Where would it have ended? No photography in council owned parks? Blacking out the windows of buses taking children to school? Indeed, why not ban photography in any street owned by the city in case a child was present? There would surely be a tourist boom of people coming to look at the mad council officials although a reactionary minority might wonder why they weren't allowed to take photos of the castle.