Monday, 10 February 2014
And you thought that it was going to be a flood of Romanians!
The waters are rising and so it seems are tempers and expectations of someone, anyone, doing something about it. One thing that we do seem particularly good at these days is apportioning blame. I TOLD you that there was climate change. Eric Pickles blames the Environment Agency. One hydrologist has gone on record as saying that Pickles would be more use as a sandbag. Where are the army? The dredgers? I'm only surprised that Cameron has not yet blamed the deluge on "the mess left behind by Gordon Brown". Look, let's be honest. It must be an incredibly depressing experience to have your home and belongings ruined by flood water and the raw sewage that frequently accompanies it. But apart from sandbags and evacuation there is little that can be done at this stage but wait for the waters to recede. Then the clean up operation can get underway and people can start rebuilding their lives. Just a couple of things to dwell on. Take a walk around The City and Canary Wharf and then tell me that this country can't afford a proper integrated flood defence system. And just thank your lucky stars that you don't live in Bangladesh where flood resulting in a death toll in the thousands are not unusual.