The Guardian

A prized communal toaster has sparked a standoff between council staff and Conservatives at Bradford town hall, with councillors vowing to hide the appliance from health and safety staff who say it is a fire risk.

Staff working in the Grade I-listed, 19th-century building are banned from using toasters because they are a fire hazard and contravene the council’s eco-friendly policies on energy use.

Green piety ain’t cheap, chaps.

The rebellion by Conservative councillors was precipitated by an internal memo sent to all staff that said an environmental awareness officer had spotted contraband items.

An amnesty would be held on Monday, it said, for “all portable heaters, fans and toasters … [which] do not comply with the council’s agreed recycling and heating efficiency policies”.