A woman is decanting petrol to help out a neighbour who needs some. OK so far.
She does it indoors. Bad move. In the kitchen. Worse move.
She is pouring the petrol into a glass jug. Even worse move. Next to the stove. Terrible move.
The stove is on, as they are cooking tea over a burning gas ring. Suicidal move.
The vapour ignites, the woman drops the jug, and the place goes up in flames. The woman ends up in hospital with 40% burns.
And what happens next, in Britain 2012?
Labour call for a government minister to resign. You see, the minister concerned had advised people to keep a little extra petrol in a proper, sealed container in the garage in case of possible shortages, so it was obviously his fault.
John Mann, Labour MP for Bassetlaw, said Mr Maude should do the "decent thing" and resign over his comments.They really do think like this. That's the worry.
And they wonder why we hold them in complete contempt.