As a diversion from all the PC threads here on RR, I thought I'd spend my lunchtime browsing the BBC news to keep in touch with what's happening in Blighty. What should I find? Another story providing yet more evidence that petty bureacracy is strangling Britain. The annual parade by a group of WW2 destroyer veterans nearly didn't happen due to the police insisting on them having taken out public liability insurance. On reading this I had several immediate questions: 1. Why can't official veterans groups be automatically covered from the public purse as a small token of the nation's thanks for their efforts in WW2. 2. What risk does a groups of people aged from 70 - 80+ pose to the public that necessitates cover of 1 million pounds? 3. Why are we allowing petty minded, middle management bureaucrats to get away with the mantra "you can't do that - health and safety, you know"? As a professional safety engineer, the blanket approach to H&S reallly grips my sh1t - safety is all about taking reasonable and appropriate steps to reduce risk, its not about having a recipe that can be followed blindly; it mean the application of thought and judgement and result in measured and appropriate responses. I wonder how much liability insurance the RNR had to cough up for RNR100 - all those people on Hoss Cod Spread and a 96 man guard, complete with SA80s, not to mention all those swords and cutlasses on display. Someone could have been seriously hurt - ideally one of the petty narrow-minded unthinking f*ckwit jobsworths that cite Health & Safety at every opportunity!