Politics 11 September 2009 At last, the truth You have always wanted to know this Sign up for our weekly email * Print HTML I feel like we've been waiting for this for a lifetime. Rather like the Second Coming, or Godot. But this one's defied the trend and finally arrived! Now we know: the causes of crane accidents. The life-turning-point-esque revelations come all the way from the Straits Times in Singapore, where there is an alarming number of cranes (17,000!) and therefore crane-related accidents (162 last year!). Crane-related accidents is the technical term. A hundred and sixty-two sounds like an alarming number but actually I have no idea as I have nothing to compare it to. My life is sorely lacking in crane statistics. Granted, crane-related accidents are not to be mocked. But absurd investigations into crane accidents are opent to mockery, I think. This one has discovered that managers, operators, supervisors and faulty cranes are all to blame for crane accidents. Which is pretty much anyone who has anything to do with a crane, apart from maybe a passing bird that has been exonerated from the whole murky affair. Anyway, that's today for you. Politics, 9/11, Afghanistan, recession, swine flu. And cranes. › Vince Cable, Shell and his defenders in the press Sophie Elmhirst is features editor of the New Statesman Subscribe from just £1 per issue More Related articles What the debate over troops on the streets is missing The problems with ending encryption to fight terrorism How long will general election campaigning be suspended after the Manchester attack?