Precautionary Principle Takes Over

In the 21st century, ever more information becomes available to mankind but perversely we are growing worse and worse at weighing risk. The SARS virus, swine flu, CJD, and bird flu were all predicted to kill millions but after hugely expensive responses the dangers proved to be infinitesimally slight. The Health & Safety Gestapo are the bane of our lives, but the likes of Al Gore with his silly nonsense about global warming are almost as bad. The peremptorily lock-down of UK airspace which caused a domino effect in Europe and international mayhem was our predictable over-reaction to distant volcanic dust. We need to get a handle on the Precautionary Principle used by our bureaucratic jobsworths to ban anything even remotely risky in case they get blamed later on.

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