I love that cartoon below from Private Eye, who from the ease which this can be found online aren’t looking particularly litigious… ?
I remember this style of health and safety from my younger days as an engineer where on sites we often had a heady mix of heavy weights, dangerous machinery, open flames and scary heights to enjoy and we all took an equal share of personal and group responsibility.
Experience, intelligence, foresight and the ability to think on your feet are vital skills and are worth less today than a sheet filled in with a few sentences of stating the obvious like “Trip hazard: tools around work area will be kept tidy” or “Steps will be taken to ensure no loss of life”. I have written both of these many times.
The weight of bureaucracy slows us down, watching our backs means we’re not concentrating on what we’re doing, sticking to a format dulls our blades and limits our reactions.
There is no progress without risk.
Talking of which Driverless Cars are in the news at the moment. They say it’s for safety, sustainable development, better for the environment but that’s all bollocks. It’s all for power and profit. That and sucking every last bit of joy from the ordinary punter that they can too.
Think about it, you’re sitting in your car which is driving itself and what do you do? Look at the view? Aye, but after a few seconds you’re bored and then what? Buy more products to keep you amused during all the new down time. They’ll love it in Made in China land when that plan comes together.
It’s also travel for the Facebook generation, rather than feel the road, work with the conditions and see the landscape change as you propel yourself through it you’ll be able to sit at arms length, detached.
I want to feel my journeys, I’m even happy to bear the wear and tear from the miles be they personal, geographical or philosophical.