Of course half a billion is not enough. We are surrounded by the stuff.
And yet, it has sufficed for many a decade with this year being the excption. You really should change your username to
When this government plc came into power the first thing they should have done is a risk assessment. Oh noo, there was a scramble to make cuts and
Why should they? That sort of thing is done continually at the EA - it isn't the Governments job. Even if it was, what reasons would they have to
conduct a "risk assessment" given that this year is, so far, the exception and nothing like it has happened for decades. Again, you're wilfully
applying hindsight to judge how others have acted without the information we are privy to now.
Where are all these experts that told them not to worry about it? There should be another public enquiry.
Why? In the grand scheme of things, the vast majority of flood defences have done their jobs. Why go on a witch hunt in the EA for someone to
"blame" when there is no evidence to suggest they had any inkling this would happen. It'll only put off decent people working for the EA in future
if they risk getting lynched for making a mistake. What you're proposing is very much like the
poor Italian scientists prosecuted for failing to predict an earthquake
As for comparing us with other countries, it is just luck more than judgement!!
How so? The response has been far better than what we see the world over. Again, it seems you're just using this as an excuse to further a political
agenda. You sound like the people who complained about the Government response and said they got no info, when the EA has been pumping out warnings
for weeks, it's just they never paid any attention to them until it was too late and now they want someone to blame.
We are sitting on a bed of chalk, mud, clay and limestone. The sink holes are more frequent and landslides. We have no where to run or swim for that
And the Government is to blame for the geology, how? What do you suggest we do, as a nation, about the risk of sink holes or landslides? If you know
of a way to predict them, then do so, because no one else can do it with any certainty.
The government should get their thinking caps on, because if we do have a summer and a hot one at that, there are going to be a lot of sick people in
They are and have been since prior to this problem. Why would people get sick?
Locally where I live the government spending cuts stopped the spraying of the mosquito/gnat infested area's in my area.
Pest control is the responsibility of the local council and water firms - not central Government - and plenty of local authorities continue to deal
with mosquito's - not that our mosquito's carry any serious diseases. It's not like we have a malaria problem....
Just a matter of time before some weird virus does the rounds.
That much can be said of any moment in time and has nothing to do with flooding.
Nope, I am sorry Stumason, Cameron is an economist, not a Prime minister and not a very good one at that!
In your opinion - but many others think otherwise. The economy is doing well, contrary to the doom and gloom of the Two Ed's, it has been diversified
away from financials, exports are climbing quarter on quarter. The Government has done precisely what they were elected to do - sort out the mess the
last lot left.
There is no way anyone could have predicted the Winter we had - if I was a betting man, I would have assumed it would be like the previous 3 or 4 and
we'd be under snow, but it changed completely and we had lots of windy, wet weather. I'd bet the EA would love to be like you and to have known
exactly what to do in advance.....