Monday, July 24, 2006

Industrial Accident

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate for Health and Safety takes a controversial stand, as it decrees that holding horrified Brazilians face-down on the floor and pumping seven dum-dum bullets into their heads “shows insufficient regard for their health, safety and welfare”.

And that’s not all! Just to ensure that the message is not lost upon the insouciant Chief Constable Sir Ian Blair and his trigger-happy plods, the Metropolitan Police can expect to pay a very heavy fine!

For shooting an innocent man. Seven times. In the head. With dum-dum bullets.

That’ll teach them.

Of course, no-one in the Met will be expected to stump up any money personally. No, no – that’s just for losers like you and me, caught by a speed camera or nabbed feeding the parking meter. No indeed – for the Met, it’ll be the taxpayer who coughs up, which, come to think of it, would be us again.

Mr de Menezes was by all accounts a quiet and law-abiding young man. I dare say he paid his taxes too. Maybe he’ll get a rebate?

You know, either prosecute someone for murder, or call him collateral damage and move on. To make him a health and safety issue is just insulting beyond belief. If all Blairs end up sharing this unfathomable abyss of mealy-mouthed moral bankruptcy, no wonder Eric Arthur Blair changed his name…


Oopsie. The HSE has also demanded rubber floors on all tube trains, so police officers don’t slip on the blood next time.

10 comments:

R. Sherman said...

You're right, of course. Either the police were negligent in some fashion or they were not. If they were not, then so be it. If they were, and it's hard to fathom how they could not have been, then it would seem some sort of criminal process would be necessary.

I don't know the facts, but I can see how using Occupational Health regulations in this context would really piss off the family.

Cheers.

Desargues said...

Do you think Ian Blair used Professor of Moral Equivalency Alan Dershovitz as a legal advisor? After all, a man who defended Claus von Bülow and O.J. Simpson should know a thing or two about semantic legers-de-main.

Ivan the Terrible said...

I don't think either Blair would bother with academic justifications. New Labour seems to have an amazing ability to internalise and project the worst aspects of ancien regime droit de seigneur. "Never apologize, never explain" - that's their motto...

PI said...

I believe thay were carrying out orders which came from a woman and I think she should be held responsible.

Aunty Marianne said...

It's like getting Al Capone for tax evasion.

Or was it postal fraud?

Ivan the Terrible said...

Nope - it was tax evasion right enough. Claiming his tommy gun as a business expense was probably the final straw...

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