Editorial....17th October, 2019

A regular feature of the human condition is thinking things were better in the past.
In this week’s report from WW2, 80 years ago, a councillor moaned that unpasteurised milk had done her no harm; today you see it on social media: “Bring back the 50s when we might have had rickets, black and white telly, no teeth and women knew their place … but we were happy”.
After a particularly egregious example — a man who works in a heavy and dangerous industry complaining on social media that modern red tape held him back (from death, disablement long working hours and no job security, presumably) — I decided to root in our archives and list the toll of workplace death in the “good old days”.

This article is available to subscribers only.

Login Subscribe