The Staggers 11 September 2009 At last, the truth You have always wanted to know this Sign UpGet the New Statesman's Morning Call email. Sign-up 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 a freelance writer and former New Statesman features editor. Subscribe To stay on top of global affairs and enjoy even more international coverage subscribe for just £1 per month!