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Byline: Maurice Fitzmaurice

BUT if you're going to speak out as often as Sammy Wilson does, occasionally you'll get something right.

Last week he was on about the health and safety nuts closing down all the schools because of a bit of snow.

Well fair enough. The schools did, in some cases, close with not that much snow at the door and how on earth the roads got so bad on Thursday is a mystery.

But the fact is that while some head teachers may well have wanted to open up and shovel a bit of the white stuff out of the road, it's not health and safety culture that prevented them but pain-in-thebackside parents.

We all know full well that back when anyone over 30 was at school if they had come home from a snowy day with a scratched knee mum and dad would have complained about the dirt on their trousers. These days there's every chance parents will send a solicitor's letter demanding an explanation and compensation for the trauma.

It's that lot of chancers who closed the schools last week, not health and safety nuts.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 11, 2009
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