"He sent her back to go and fill the sandwich (shelves) which at that point would be covered in asbestos dust"

Business quote of the day.

According to a BBC investigation, Marks & Spencer recieved a fine 10 years after it was warned about asbestos contamination.

Health and safety inspector William Wallace told the BBC he saw dust falling on a worker stacking shelves, who was asked to move by construction workers.

The night manager responsible for the refilling of the shelves came and went absolutely ballistic at us, and told us that we don't tell his staff where to go and he sent her back to go and fill the sandwich (shelves) which at that point would be covered in asbestos dust.

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The NS Podcast #150: Englishness, X-men and Equality

The New Statesman podcast.

This week, Helen and Stephen try their best not to talk about the EU. Instead they turn to Boris Johnson’s media strategy, MP’s expenses, and Labour and the idea of Englishness. They go down-the-line to the Lobby with George Eaton. Then Henry Zeffman joins to discuss the politics of the new X-men movie. You also ask us: what does the future hold for the Women’s Equality Party? (Helen Lewis, Stephen Bush, George Eaton, Henry Zeffman)

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