reply to post by BAZ752
Excellent synopsis of the situation here in the UK. An intelligent and accurate report - Brilliant!
I totally agree with you. To me there are three observations to our muddle in such conditions;
1. We never get enough ice and snow to justify a large budget for it. So when it happens quite badly, we are stuffed! There must also be an element of
budget juggling, because we are financially stuffed too, and as heavy snow and ice aren't common place, most councils probably gamble on there not
being any, so their books look good!
2. We are a bunch of woosies, where a large % of the population know nothing of hardship. We have central heating, plentiful food, air con offices,
and our own transport. Most of us in our 40's/50's remember homes with no central heating, and our grandparents had it even tougher, with usually
far more mouths to feed.
We have become so soft, it's a wonder we don't melt in the comfort of our cosy lives. So, when conditions get 'slightly' tough we all fail to
perform. Our transport systems (all ancient as they are), grind to a halt and our salt supplies fail - Our infrastructure operates like it's 1950,
3. The writer is correct in his comments about the Thames and how it must of been when it froze over. Our society today runs on a knife edge - All the
transport systems are functioning at their absolute limit, and that's when all is running perfectly, and so they fall over at the slightest hiccup.
The problem is, we are living on borrowed time. The population has grown and grown and the stupid governments haven't catered for that. Sure they're
widening the M25, but it's too little too late. People would use trains and buses if the infrastructure was there to cater for their needs, but all
too often it fails.
Everything is at it's max - Roads have massive traffic jams just due to a small shunt or breakdown. Trains fail because of leaves. The tubes are full
to busting at rush hour and worse if one gets cancelled. Shops run out of food if the media say 'No need for panic buying' Petrol stations likewise.
It's all on overload and when we get a weather situation like this - Mild to some countries - we grind to a halt and the media feeding frenzy dives
in and it all gets hyped up so they can make more money selling news. And on that news, we say... 'Ooo it's terrible out there, best stay in'. We
should get over it and stop being so soft!
...And for those passengers getting irate and annoyed as their flights are on hold - remember this...... an airport is a 'put you through' not a
'put you up'!!!! It's designed to process millions of travellers as fast as possible. It's not a hotel or banqueting suite, designed to provide
the fullest amenities, and care for your every whim! If it did, you'd be queuing all year round, and not just when the snow falls... Get over it!
and finally... Get used to this, because when the Altantic Conveyor finally grinds to a near halt, due to man's effects on the climate, we will be in
the grip of Arctic winters for many years to come!! (After all take a look along the lines of latitude!