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Thursday, 9 December, 1999, 17:59 GMT
Waugh writes off Y2K 'party poopers'

waugh Auberon Waugh: "Warnings are a waste of time"


Having a party this millennium could perhaps be one of the most dangerous events of your life if all the warnings are to be believed.

The Y2K party poopers are putting the boot into your millennium bash with lists of dos and don'ts to drive you dotty.

Into 2000
Last week it was reported that environmental health teams will be on standby in case of a food poisoning outbreak in village halls. Special attention has been drawn to sausage rolls left out of the fridge for too long.

Doctors have warned about the dangers of hypothermia, with the advice to "avoid excess alcohol".

And in Northern Ireland, police are warning revellers: Don't drink and walk.

"Walking on the roads when drunk is a known killer," said the Road Safety Council for Northern Ireland.



There's a vast number of government employees with nothing else to do
Auberon Waugh
Even marriage guidance counsellors have got in on the act, pouring cold water on your planned night of passion with warnings about marital breakdowns.

For some, the nanny-like advice is all too much.

Social commentator Auberon Waugh reckons the "nanny state" has taken another step towards a state of lunacy.

He told BBC News Online: "Nobody takes a blind bit of notice, we will all do our own thing whatever they say.

"There will always be a certain number of people who are useless at looking after themselves, but I don't think the state should step in. People will still get cold. Warnings are a waste of time."


fizz Don't get too fizzical say doctors
He said most of those giving out such advice would be "unemployable elsewhere".

"There's a vast number of government employees with nothing else to do, and they treat everyone like children."

But he added that the official warnings would not prevent him enjoying his millennium with his family.

"The state should step back, but the chances of that happening are zero.

"You just have to grin and bear it."

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08 Dec 99 |  UK
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