For they are either extremely brave and stalwart individuals, or henious and dangerously deviant people. You decide - but either way, they are making it clear that they won't back down.
It is not that they have ever been in trouble withthe law - in fact that is exactly part of the problem. They are mothers and grandmothers, and yet, when these volunteers leader was told that she neededto take a CRB check, she quit in protest, and the team she leads is backing her.
Now, if you are not from Britain , I may need to explain ; a CRB check is a check from the Criminal Records Bureau to say that you have no previous convictions for sexual offences. Without one, you cannot work in certain roles that may allow you access to children. Even as a volunteer.
I should explain that the rules were drawn up as a measure to protect school children from being targetted by perverts who got jobs as school caretakers and the like. in present day Britain, the child abuser is seen as Public Enemy Number 1- even ahead of Bankers and Income Tax officials.
But isn't there something just a little bit wrong with our rules when elderly ladies are being told that they need to be CRB checked in case they are a danger to the Cathedral's chior boys?
Well, they certainly think so, and so do i to be honest.
Don't forget, these checks have got to be paid for, cash up front.as a man who works in an industry where I am likely to come into contact with lost kids from time to time, I know how the system works, and don't object to being checked myself. But these are elderly women , working as volunteers, for goodness sake.
Are we in Britain so paranoid that we now have to check up on little old ladies who volunteer ?
People may say to me that this is not the fault of overzealous left wing officials - so whose fault is it then? maybe it's the case that the political centre ground in the UK is very different from that in the US, or the traditional dividing lines between political parties in European politics have become blurred, or shifted from what they were when I was young - but we seem to be becoming a society driven by official diktat instead of pain common sense.
the CRB check is slowly becoming a monster that is changing how our nation percieves itself. I shall watch this case with interest and update you.