posted on Feb, 16 2014 @ 08:47 AM
reply to post by happinness
You said it yourself - the rivers in Somerset hadn't been done for 20 years, this Government has been in power for almost 4 of those years, which
leaves 16 years of neglect - 13 of which under the Labour Government who's ex-members are now sitting in opposition trying to make political hay out
of this, so blaming the current Government is short-sighted.
Not to mention the near unanimous verdict from scientific peeps that dredging would only have had a limited impact and would not have prevented the
In defence of all Governments, be it Labour or Tory, the sheer amount of water falling from the skies is beyond anyone's control and I think some
people should try to bear that in mind. What we have is a situation that is unprecedented and all flood planning is based on averages. So, if these
floods and storms beat 250 year old records time and again, it stands to reason that some
flood defences are going to be overwhelmed.
The challenge now is to shore up defences and properly plan for many more winters like this - that is what we should judge the Politicians on, whether
they take the wake-up call or try to dodge it.
The sounds coming out of Government are good at the moment and this might actually be a blessing in disguise, as to prepare our country for more
extreme weather is going to take massive infrastructure investment, which to be honest we've needed for a while and which will provide tens of
thousands of jobs and a massive economic shot to the arm. Not to mention an added boost to "green" technologies where we can make ourselves world
leaders, which brings me on to your final point...
Who is denying climate change?
Cameron and chums are all on record blaming the extreme weather on climate change, so I don't think anyone is denying it.