So far this year, 16 people have died in farming-related accidents according to Health and Safety Executive statistics. It is the deadliest industry sector, ahead of construction and the service sector.
Every week there are reports of on farm injuries, and these statistics tell their own story. I do not believe farmers are more careless than other workers, but I suspect that most of these injuries and fatalities occur when people are working alone.
The days when farms employed an army or workers are well and truly over. Today farmers and their staff regularly work unaccompanied from dawn until dusk. We find ourselves doing things which should for safety reasons be a two man job, but rather than asking for help from neighbours we put ourselves at risk.
The main causes of fatalities according to the FW are; transport-related, trapping by something falling, being hit by an object, contact with electricity, falling from heights and being injured by an animal.
Added to this report, it should not be overlooked that suicide amongst the farming profession is also significantly high.
It is essential that not only do those working on farms take more care, but we also look out for our neighbours. It is all too easy to ignore something which looks out of the ordinary, like disturbed livestock, a tractor either remaining unusually stationary in a field or behaving erratically. Never assume all is well, it is always better to check.
Despite such reports I believe that farming is the very best profession. Not only is it an incredibly special and unique way of life, farmers are amongst the most down to earth, practical, hardworking, loyal, sensible and fun people you will ever encounter.
Watching the antics in Westminster is truly depressing. I don’t doubt there have been the odd incident which quite frankly should have been reported at the time. But why is there a sudden flood of ancient complaints relating to the brush of a knee, unappreciated squeeze, or stupid inappropriate comment, which have belatedly brought on a fit of the vapours?
We are told times have changed, but such things have been going on as long as men and women walked this planet. Those complaining should acknowledge it is so much easier to lodge a complaint with immediate effect, than in the past.
There are sad exceptions of abuse, but those who have advanced their careers by accepting or ignoring what they now decide was bad behaviour, as actors also are, should consider returning their Oscars, or salaries for jobs they would not otherwise have been given, if they are so offended.
Most MPs are hardworking and decent. They are paid relatively poorly and their lives are scrutinised. Few of us would want to be in their shoes.
This witch hunt is politically motivated for personal and party gain, it must be stopped now. The public are fed up with the childish antics and pathetic ‘hurt feelings’.
Stop naval gazing, start running the country, and focus on the important task of extracting the country from the truly rotten and bullying European Union, and implementing Brexit.
The leaders of all parties need to take control of a few wayward MPs, lead by example and get a sense of proportion.
The Home Secretaries’ suggestion that some MPs should resign is absurd. She would do better to concentrate on doing her job more effectively by deporting illegal immigrants, and ensuring our ports and coastlines are water tight.
Jeremy Thorpe MP soon to be portrayed by Hugh Grant, was indeed a grubby evil politician who was protected by the establishment, and those who should have know better. It is certain that Westminster today is a far safer and transparent environment, but sadly MPs now must be more vigilant of extremists in their constituencies.