As if to prove Lord Young's point (see post below) Labour-run Nottingham City Council has sent out a cherry-picker and a team of staff to remove every conker from a horse chestnut tree. It happened after an incident when a branch of the tree fell on a girl causing injury. It was a nasty injury but if we want to eliminate risk why not cut off all the branches? Or remove all street trees?
They have refused to adopt spending transparency. A Council spokesman refused to say how much the cherry picker cost.