Sunday, 30 March 2014

Hales exclusive brethren rules


  1. This list of rules is a bit reminiscent of Orwell’s Animal Farm, in which the rules were written on the wall of the barn and “. . . they would form an unalterable law by which all the animals on Animal Farm must live for ever after.” But the unalterable rules kept changing, although the ruling class tried to deny this.

    Jim Taylor invented more than 200 new rules, the most important ones being methods of enforcing his absolute control, and Jim Symington invented many more. The list of rules posted by Laurie looks as if it dates from quite late during Symington’s dictatorship, although many of the rules in it were carried over from Jim Taylor’s time. The wording suggests they were compiled by someone who was not convinced of their value.

    Some of these rules had to be discontinued for practical or business reasons. Some were based on nothing more than a leader’s irrational whim, or on crazy, ignorant superstition. So of course they had to change. Some of them would now be illegal, and I hope more of them will be made illegal in due course, as society at large demands better protection for individuals.

    1. Baa Baa Black Sheep, have you any rules?
      Yes Sir, Yes Sir, three bags full
      One for the master, one for his daddy
      One for the money that you must all give to me

  2. Is there a YES list?

  3. So Daniel Hales, the thing about remote garage door openers being 'just another myth' ? You were lying.

  4. Scarfs or scarves?

  5. "No beards, side burns or moustaches for men". Presumably ok for women then?!

  6. Don't be flippant. Coming up with all those rules isn't easy. Bum bum bum.

  7. Was there a Rule about Ernie?