health & safety

In the current climate we find ourselves living in, we can’t say ‘boo to a goose’ without an anal politician labelling us members of a ‘dangerous’ fringe organisation bent on pulling down the citadel! Likewise, a police officer is unable to climb a stepladder because he or she hasn’t been properly trained in how to put one foot in front of the other!

Recently most of Western Europe celebrated the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy. Known as the Battle of Normandy, it was in France that British, French and American troops landed on 5 beaches and took the fight to the enemy. Am I allowed to say…Germans? But let’s hark back for a moment to 1940, and to the Dunkirk Evacuation, otherwise known as Operation Dynamo, and colloquially as the Miracle of Dunkirk! Between 27th may and 4th June 338,000 British, French and Belgium troops were safely evacuated from the Dunkirk beaches and harbour by a fleet of 800 boats; 39 British destroyers, and a flotilla of hundreds of merchant marine boats, fishing boats, pleasure craft and lifeboats that had all set sail from Britain. Had the army with its back to the sea not been so rescued, cut off and surrounded as they were by the Germany army, it is doubtful there would have been a D-Day landing! But what is my point? It is simply this! Had World War Two been fought today, and the colossal disaster of Dunkirk repeated, it is highly likely the 338,000 men would be lost, and why, because the Health & Safety Executive would no doubt prevent the flotilla of ‘Little ships of Dunkirk’ ever sailing. Each boat would be personally inspected by a ‘jobsworth’ before receiving a certificate of seaworthiness, while captains would be instructed under a penalty of prosecution not to overload their crafts. By the time any boat set sail, the allied beached army will have been decimated by artillery and machine-gun fire! Listen, I’m all for making society ‘child friendly’ and our streets, buildings and factories as safe as humanly possible, but not if it grinds Industry to a halt! You can’t save everyone from perishing in an accident. That is life. People die! Only God can save everyone, and He is conspicuous by His absence! Of course it doesn’t help when you pack a tiny island with so many people, and encourage everyone who works and lives in London to get on a bicycle!


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