living near the flooded Moors and Levels in Somerset
is now totally jaundiced by the constant stream of visiting politicians
(and royals) wanting their pictures taken wearing wellies near the
worst affected areas.
reaction from national government was far too late; the pumps should
have been working by Christmas and not the end of January. The floods
are, as all sensible people realise, a manifestation of the climate
change that we were being warned about ten years ago. They are not
the fault of any political party or the Environment Agency.
MP Ian Liddell-Grainger’s incredibly puerile ‘I’ll
stick his head down the loo’ taunt at the (Labour nominated)
head of the EA, Lord Smith was as unhelpful as it was stupid.
Pickles - the Communities Secretary – also tried to blame
the floods on the EA but at least he was whipped into line by Tory
Party big wigs and backtracked the following day.
the present government wanted to change the flooding policies that
the EA work to they have had four years to do it. It was within
their grasp to change dredging policy and the spending limits on
Thames has reached is highest levels for sixty years and the Severn
is reaching record heights – this is the result of an ‘act
of God’ rather than the EA’s flood policy - but the
Prime Minister has decided that he is now in charge and good luck
climate is changing and sea levels are changing with it. Everyone
needs to work together to structure the future of flood prevention
in Somerset and not try to score political points off each other.