On Saturday I tweeted (@bbw1984) a link to a story in the Daily Mail which had rasied my hackles, reporting that two women had been banned from looking after each other's children because they were not registered childminders.
The mothers, both police officers, had returned to work after maternity leave on a part-time basis so that one could look after the toddlers in the morning, while the other looked after them in the afternoon.
Unbelievably, somebody decided to shop the two women to Ofsted, who promptly ended the arrangement on account of them being under-qualified, under new legislation, to look after the other's child.
This morning the story seems to have gathered momentum, with the Guardian reporting further details and Shadow Children's Minister Tim Loughton issuing a comment as well as writing a letter to Ed Balls.
Now it is being reported by the BBC that the Children's Minister Vernon Coaker is talking to Ofsted about this particular case.
While that final sentence will come as some comfort to the two women involved, there are no doubt many others across the UK who are one nosy neighbour's intervention away from a visit from the Ofsted inspectors.
To my mind this case begs two questions: 1. How many other little-known laws exist that would prevent ordinary people from going about their daily lives? and 2. How bad has our society become if someone feels compelled to report what seems a sensible (and obviously private) arrangement to the authorities?
By Dylan Sharpe