Could it be, albeit in the first days of a "fresh" government, that we are witnessing a green shoot of commonsense?
The government says that it wants to review health and safety laws, in order to check the "growth of compensation culture".
Lord Young will be leading the study, and wants advertisements for personal injury claims firms to be banned.
Unsurprisingly ambulance chasing lawyers (who earn fat fees from insurance settlements) have responded by saying that "compensation culture" is a "myth".
Well they would say that wouldn't they?
Unfortunately, as loyal readers of this site know, the issue runs deeper than a specific piece of legislation banning a particular activity.
The disease of risk aversion and health and safety runs so deep in the body of our country, and the minds of the jobsworths (to whom we give excessive powers), that people make their own "interpretations" of the law (even if the law is actually not in place) and ban whatever takes their fancy on the grounds of "health and safety"/risk.
The issue lies in the mindset of the jobsworths (councils, teachers, bureaucrats etc) who set the bans, and the sheeple who allow them to get away with it.
It will take more than a review by Lord Young to change that mindset.
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