Heroism bill – be thankful for small mercies

The government’s heroism bill has passed its final stage in parliament, with the government securing a small amendment to the original wording.

The legislation compels judges to consider the context of alleged negligence, or whether the defendant had shown a generally responsible attitude to health and safety previously. The final version of the bill has the word ‘generally’ replaced with ‘predominantly’ after an amendment was moved in the lords.

Despite it clearing the report stage, I still cannot see the point of this humiliating and amateurishly drafted bill.

It is a complete waste of taxpayers’ money although we can at least be thankful that we have it on record that the Ministry of Defence cannot escape liability under the unforeseen consequences of this ridiculous bill.

Hilary Meredith