I am pleased to see that Lord Young of Graffham, tasked with reviewing health and safety rules, holds the health and safety rules which prevent the police and rescue services from actually rescuing people in as much contempt as the rest of us do.
He told the Times that the emergency services were "paid for doing a job that involves risk" and legislation should not be "an excuse for inaction".
He also holds seems to hold the compensation culture, and ambulance chasing "personal injury" lawyers in absolute contempt.
Muiris Lyons, president of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, postulated to the BBC the rather bizarre theory that personal injury lawyers want to see accidents reduced:
"Our organisation is all about trying to reduce the incidents of injuries and I'm sure there is common ground there [with the review].
But where people are needlessly injured, through others' fault, they should be able to obtain access to justice."
How exactly does a cash payment bring someone back from the dead, or heal a broken leg (which will have already been attended to by the NHS)?
I will follow the progress of Lord Young's review, and its actual tangible outcomes, with interest.
I do not doubt Lord Young's integrity, nor his desire to end the worst excesses of the Nanny state. However, he has an uphill battle as there are many vested interests who will do their utmost to keep their petty dictatorships and small minded rules going.
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