Such bizarre laws

I THINK it is safe to say that most of us realise that health and safety and other bizarre laws are ruining the country. For example.

My 16-year-old son was out cycling with some friends recently when one of them got a puncture.

The obvious thing to do was to go to Halfords and buy a puncture repair kit – no chance. They were refused and told you had to be 18 years old to buy one.

Another day they wanted to buy an adjustable spanner from Poundland, to fix one of their bikes, oh no, you have to 21 to buy a spanner.

Then, at Spar, they were told they could not buy the small disposable barbecues, they had to be 16, with ID.

And 16-year-olds cannot work in newsagents any more as a Saturday job, because at 16 they are not allowed to sell cigarettes. They have to be 18.

What is going on?

Anthony Farrar

Compton Avenue