Latest post of the previous page:I think there are many people who simply do not know the dangers, have never heard of such accidents or read the warning notices in petrol stations etc. I would bet that every year some idiot pours petrol on a bonfire and by the time they get a match going find out, the hard way, that they are standing in a "pool" of fumes.
I remember seeing people who should know better at work decanting flammable solvents near people using gas powered soldering irons. "Need" and "habit" can be far stronger than "thought".
At the same time Maude was being less than thoughtful and responsible when he made his remarks. He should know that people take such things literally. Any MP or politician should know that every word they utter will be analysed and used against them given the slightest excuse. But he was not responsible for that person's stupidity.