MP: Crushing handshakes are assault
People who administer bone-crushing hand-shakes to prove the strength of their personalities should be charged with assault, an MP has declared.
Paul Flynn, Labour MP for Newport West, spoke out in his blog, in which he said that shaking hands was getting less popular.
"Good riddance," he wrote. "They are unnecessary, unhygienic, germ-spreading intrusions. Some oafs use them to prove the strength of their personalities with bone-crushers. They should be summoned for assault."
Mr Flynn said that eye-watering hand squeezes could be excruciatingly painful.
"Grimacing in pain does not deter them. Even yelps of pain or sarcasm has no effect."
He said he had tried sarcasm on these "insensitive dolts" but the point was never understood.
Mr Flynn asked: "Who will be the first person to be charged with assault by handshake?"