A Short Piece About Flooding

by Ray_North on January 30, 2014

Unknown-6Ok – it’s raining a lot at the moment.

This is nothing new. We have a lot of rain in our Northern European climate.

But, if, as a nation, we are incapable of dealing with rain, and, if, with monotonous regularity, people are having their houses flooded and their lives ruined, then that surely is a bad thing.

Now. There is very little money in flood prevention. Private companies can’t really make money out of people’s misery.

Similarly, because of the nature of the environment, and environmental problems, it is not a role that can be readily contracted out.

So, we need the state, surely, to ensure that people such as those people in Somerset and Mid Wales and Cumbria and elsewhere are protected, or at least, feel that there is someone trying to protect them.

The organ of the state that is supposed to be carrying out this task is, of course the Environment Agency. The Environment Agency is having to make cuts, which have amounted to 1500 jobs losses. These are the people who would help ensure that rivers are dredged, banks are reinforced, that emergency procedures are put into place – and all that costs money. But, it’s money well spent isn’t it? It’s the state doing what it does best, protecting us from the things that are beyond our control, whilst at the same time, re-distributing money and resources.

Why can’t this government see this?

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George_East January 30, 2014 at 10:57 pm

They can see it. It is the public sector. Therefore it is evil and wasteful and must be privatised or shut down. Very simple. Also this is a government hugely influenced by American style climate change deniers including among them Patterson and Osborne. The British right is gradually morphing in to the batshit nutsville of the American right. Militantly anti-state and anti-science.

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Charlie_East_West January 31, 2014 at 9:38 am

Exactly. The government cannot be arsed with this issue. As Ray stated, it isn’t even the most attractive private tendering opportunity. So, if the issue cannot be sold as a potential profit making enterprise, then why bother?

They send a couple of army majors to Somerset to see how the natives are bucking up. They think that one day it might stop raining on the plebs as they sit sipping on a piña colada on their winter sun holiday, somewhere nice and hot, like St Lucia.

In the heads of the Tories, it is the fault of all those silly little oiks who decided to live in a flood plain, and that these people should just get their fingers out and earn enough money to buy a castle in Perthshire.

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Alx w January 31, 2014 at 6:46 pm

To be fair there has been plenty of bank reenforcement under this gvt.

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George_East January 31, 2014 at 8:05 pm

…and bailing out

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