James Forsyth

Not worth the candle

Not worth the candle
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The full absurdity of the health and safety culture is brought home by this story in The Sunday Times

A chap was taking his date to the champagne bar at St Pancras for her birthday and so asked if he could bring a candle for them to put on a cake for her. This is the email he received in response:

“I have asked the station operations if we would be allowed to have a lit candle at the champagne bar for a birthday cake and they have said that we will have to submit a risk assessment form stating what the risk will be to the bar and the station, and what we will put in place to combat any possible risks.

“The risk assessment form will then be put to Mike Page (head of station operations).” So, the date went ahead but without the candle. The couple subsequently split up.

Written byJames Forsyth

James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in The Sun.

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