LETTER FROM EXILE: # 7

LOOKING INTO THE MICROCOSM

FROM REALITY.

A Brief Reflection

On the Political Spectrum:

And Where I Might be Located.

It is often said that one’s political views move to the Right as one ages.

I’m beginning to think that might have happened with me.

Well – it’s either that – or a very, very strange form of political bedlam has gripped Jersey – where the obsession with “Health & Safety” has now gone so far it seeks to forbid the criticism of very expensive civil servants – who fail to protect children from child abusers, and who cause the deaths of patients.

It is – believe it or not – a “Health & Safety” issue – because, to hold people to account – causes them “stress”.

As previously remarked – I do wonder, though, at the stress, harm and suffering caused to those who have been victims of these civil servant’s failings, conduct and malfeasances?

But – here is a sign of rescue from the madness!

Leader of the Opposition – David Cameron MP – in a story taken from – of all august Journals – today’s edition of the Jersey Evening Post: –

“Cameron’s war on health and safety”

DAVID Cameron will pledge today to crack down on Britain’s ‘over-the top’ health and safety culture.

The Tory leader is to hit out at Labour for allowing a blanket of bureaucracy, suspicion and fear’ to descend on the country.

He will announce a wide-ranging review of the ‘all-pervasive’ problem in a speech to the Policy Exchange think-tank.

Those who act in ‘good faith’ could be given grater protection from being sued or prosecuted, while small businesses and voluntary organisations could have their health and safety responsibilities reduced.

Mr Cameron is to say that there are often ‘noble’ intentions behind health and safety rules, and admit that legislation has saved many lives. But he will add: ‘I think we’d all concede that something has gone seriously wrong with the spirit of health and safety in the past decade.

‘When children are made to wear goggles by their headteacher to play conkers. ‘When trainee hairdressers are not allowed scissors in the classroom. ‘When office workers are banned from moving a chair without expert supervision. ‘When staff at a railway station don’t help a young mum carry her baby son’s buggy because they are not insured. ‘When village fetes are cancelled because residents can’t face jumping through all the bureaucratic hoops, it is clear that what began as a noble intention to protect people from harm has mutated into a stultifying blanket of bureaucracy, suspicion and fear that has saturated our country, covering the actions of millions of individuals as they go about their daily lives.’

Mr Cameron will blame bureaucracy from Brussels and Westminster for many of the issues. The ‘fear of transgressing all these rules’ sometimes caused people to ‘stand aside when others need help’.

He will cite the death of Jordan Lyon in September 2007 as an example, saying the 10-year-old ‘drowned in a pond, having rescued his young sister, because officers were told not to intervene as they hadn’t undertaken their ‘water rescue’ health and safety training’.”

I’m joining the Conservative Party.

Stuart.

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