That we live in a world gone batty with government regulations comes as no shock. The voters know this. The bureaucrats don’t.
North’s law of bureaucracy: “There is nothing so bizarre that some bureaucrat will not do it by following the rules.”
A charity worker drowned in a 3ft deep lake when a policeman and a paramedic were ordered not to try to rescue him.
Simon Burgess, 41, was left to float face down as emergency crews watched.
Health and safety rules stopped them going more than ankle deep into the lake, an inquest was told yesterday.
According to a doctor, Mr Burgess’s life could have been saved had he been removed from the water quickly.
The constable and the ambulance worker who volunteered to jump into the lake were given strict orders not to do so by fire station watch manager Tony Nicholls.
Is this bizarre, or what?
It gets more bizarre.
‘The control room was informed I was going in and they sent a message that under no circumstances could I go in the water.’
Wading out: Following the delay, a pair of firefighters make their way into the centre of the waist-deep lake to attempt to rescue Mr Burgess.
A similar story comes from the United States. You can read about it here.
It will not get better as we march into the world of bureaucracy. It will get worse