The danger of falling flags

From BBC:

Council lifts shopkeeper flag ban

Phil Moffatt says he is 'delighted common sense has prevailed'
A council which ordered a patriotic shopkeeper to remove England flags from outside his business has backed down.

Liverpool City Council had threatened to charge Phil Moffatt £1,000 to remove the 20 flags from outside his Tuebrook shop, Churchill's Food Emporium.

It claimed the flags - to celebrate St George's Day - were dangerous because they could fall on cars or pedestrians.

Council leader Mike Storey visited Mr Moffatt and said he would help him keep them by ensuring they were secured.

Mr Moffatt had refused to take the flags down from the lampposts and said he would put more up if the council removed them.

He said on Wednesday: "I'm delighted common sense has prevailed."
I know and understand the typical response to these sort of things is to blame the Councils.... but lets look at the reasons councils have had to start taking such ridiculous steps.

Spreading from our friends across the Atlantic is the 'no-win, no-fee' law suit and a whole gaggle of ambulance/accident chasing lawyers.
Before - when you, I or anyone else had an accident we would mentally chide ourself "stupid clot should have watched where I was going"...

but in doing so we would be accepting some degree of personal responsibilty. There is a huge erosion in personal responsibilty underway - if you have an accident now then it must be someone else's fault; and if that's the case then you can sue!

This is especially prevalent in Liverpool... now, now - hold off on the thieving scouse comments. :lol:

In records for 2003, 800 people per month were sueing Liverpool council because they tripped on a pavement. Now while 80% of these cases were proved to be spurious/fraudulent the amount paid out in the other cases was some £5.5 million (Figures taken from The Sunday Telegraph - April 17th 2005).

And although it may be a bit of an over-reaction to curtail flag-flying, the underlying principle is still the same.

^ Good point..... hadnt quite said that, but hey, why not!

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