a bad workman always blames his tools

a bad workman always blames his tools

If someone performs a job or task poorly or unsuccessfully, they will usually lay the blame on the quality of their equipment, or other such external factors, rather than take responsibility for their own failure. The football player blamed the overinflated ball for costing his team the game, but as they say, a bad workman always blames his tools.
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IN school one of our English teachers was fond of repeating a proverb: 'a bad workman always blames his tools.' This thought is with me these days owing to former prime minister Nawaz Sharif's repeated criticism of state institutions especially the judiciary.
A bad workman always blames his tools. Surfaces at Falkirk and Queen of the South are infinitely preferable to the bare, rutted mudheaps at too many top-flight grounds at this time of year.
A BAD workman always blames his tools. It's a bit rich of Andrew Davies AM to blame civil servants for the failure of the Techniums in Wales.
Well a bad workman always blames his tools - and I suppose there's no bigger tool than Frankie Cocozza.