Saturday, 16 October 2010

Quote of the day...

...goes to perpetual moron Richard Littlejohn, who for once has managed to come up with a coherent and sensible opinion I actually agree with;
I discovered this week that twice as many men have died in accidents on British building sites since 2001 as have been killed in action in Afghanistan. But you won’t be seeing a Panorama special on them any day soon.

Unlike the Chilean miners, there won’t be any movies made about these unfortunate construction workers, nor any book deals or newspaper serialisations.
The only problem is that he spoils it almost straight away with;
Call me callous, but I couldn’t help wondering what would have happened if 33 men had been trapped down one of our few remaining British mines.

Under our modern elf ‘n’ safety culture, the emergency services are actively discouraged from risking their own lives to save others.
It's like the pride you feel when you finally train your dog to go outside in order to relieve themselves...only to have it turn around and eat its own shit. If there was ever any hope for the hateful, ill-informed, ranting bigot (Littlejohn, not the dog), it has since given way to a feeling of creeping despair.

In fact, Littlejohn's point about workplace deaths is entirely correct. But this is because health and safety legislation is too weak, allowing employers to get away with gross negligence on a regular basis.

And that problem, I might add, is exacerbated by hacks like Littlejohn perpetuate the myths and half-truths on this issue, as part of the ideological attack to water down protections for workers. In fact, it was Littlejohn himself who coined the term "elf n safety" to trivialise the issue.

As Upon Nothing comments;
Well, Richard, which is it? Is Britain just as dangerous a place to work as Chile or is it a country in which ‘elf ‘n’ safety culture’ is all-powerful? You cannot have it both ways, either ‘elf ‘n’ safety’ is wrapping up the entire country in cotton wool, or ‘elf ‘n’ safety’ is failing because twice as many men are still dying on building sites than are dying on active service with the Army in Afghanistan.