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on 8 June 2010
I purchased this book on the back of favourable reviews on Amaozon and the press. Like the curates egg, its good in parts. Writing on Health & Safety, the author contends that training in the use of ladders defies common sense, not to mention poor use of resources. He then goes on to say that in one year, 13 people were killed using ladders, and 25,000 were seriously injured. The author considers the £200 it cost to implement ladder training poor value for money. When you factor in the cost to the NHS, as well as industrial injuries payments, ladder training would appear cheap at the price.
The author further argues that legislation has supplanted common sense. If the figures quoted above are anything to go by, there are a lot of people lacking in common sense. This is to take nothing away from the many valid points made in Bad Laws. But all too often, the author makes wide sweeping generalisations from specific points. Fine if you're looking for a bit of light hearted reading without the need to check facts. Not so fine if you're looking for some hard analysis of New Labour's tendency to replace thought with legislation.
Buy it for entertainment. Leave it aside if you're looking for a critical analysis.