Monday 5 December 2016

If in doubt, apply the O'Leary test

Evidence of bullshit in a country facing ruination brings out the Michael in all of us, writes Declan Lynch

Published 12/09/2010 | 05:00

A large warning sign was recently erected at an unmanned level crossing down the road from me. It advises the citizen to keep an eye out for any trains that might be coming.

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And while I am not aware of any accident ever taking place at that particular level crossing, I accept that there is a major public interest in making absolutely sure that it stays that way.

Admittedly, this may seem like a strange time to be spending a considerable sum of money in such an apparently low-risk location, but again I accept there may have been a few near misses over the past 70 years of which I am unaware.

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