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Sunday, October 10, 2010

The BBC repeats lies as fact, again

It's bad enough that Lord Young, whose proposed health and safety "streamlining" was in the news last week, comes out with the tired old urban myths about restaurants banning toothpicks for safety reasons and all the rest. But then along come the BBC who add their own collection of urban myths and report them as fact. (You know, just the way they did with fake Israeli videos of the Mavi Marmara attack.) And see here:

The BBC later use the issue for a Have Your Say discussion, adding: “However, unions say the Tories are distorting facts about health and safety legislation for political ends.” Great job, guys.

And heaven help us, here's The Sun, right on cue, taking up the refrain .

Here, for reference, is the Health & Safety Executive's "Myth-Busting" page.

And here is the response of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents to Lord Young's proposed "improvements". More here.

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