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February 19, 2006

Booker on Johnson

File this one under the "ouch" category. Following this column from Boris Johnson, Christopher Booker’s response:

Boris Johnson MP plaintively described in The Daily Telegraph how, when his office needed a new computer printer, the Commons staff

told him that, according to health and safety rules, it was too heavy for them to deliver it. The poor chap had to collect it himself. "Why," he now asks, "is there a law against picking up a computer without proper training?"

The answer lies in guidance to the Manual Handling Operations Regulations issued in 1992 to implement EC directive 90/269 "on the minimum health and safety requirements for the manual handling of loads where there is a risk of back injury to workers".

But of course, as a highly-paid legislator who was also The Daily Telegraph's Brussels correspondent when the directive was issued, Mr Johnson cannot possibly be expected to be familiar with such boring and trivial details.

There’s a slight flavour of these guys in it as well.

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Much like the time Johnson invented a road sweeper's tax and NI bill to make a political point, one wonders about this story. There seems no evidence the workmen wished to injure themselves carrying the printer, suggesting they thought it was too heavy, and if it is indeed so heavy that carrying them constantly would cause injury the costs of their delivery really should be in the price. Johnson himself argues the law was brought in beacause of pressure from companies, the alternative which was continued lawsuits, which most people think less preferable.

Posted by: Matthew | Feb 19, 2006 10:30:52 AM