At the End of the Day

Cameron the Corporate suit goes flooding land and degrading our water supplies. Verily, this man is unique.

At the End of the Day, it’s been raining a lot in Britain during recent days. Pretty much from the beginning to the end of the day, in fact.

It did the same thing last year. Being a set of offshore European islands facing 6000 miles of prevailing Atlantic weather to the west, rainy weather in Britain is not so much a likelihood as an annual eventuality. As long ago as 54 BC, Julius Caesar himself remarked upon the fact in scathing terms.

The multivariate ways in which this reality and its ramifications seem to evade the Round Table of Camerlot could not fit into the space I have allowed myself this evening. I can only observe that, if you are merely a Cabinet hewn from wooden legs in a table – as opposed to being owners of duo-hemispheric brains – sawdust is sadly lacking as a raw material when it comes to the formulation of future policy.

David Cameron told the media in Spring 2014, “This must not be allowed to happen again”. We all thought he was talking about flooding, but it seems clear to me now that he was talking about wet weather. No doubt the unwise King Canuteron has been convinced by his arse-licking courtiers that he can control the weather: the poor chap remains in ignorance of the fact that only the Haarpo Pentagons can achieve that, and Dave is not privy to their ways and means.

‘Blind Obedience’ was a term used by the Washington Post in 1972 to describe the mindset of Nixon’s White House Staff when obeying orders that were obviously unconstitutional. Only that state of mind can excuse the broadscale decisions under Cameron’s administrations to ignore planning laws in relation to flood plains:

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You see, David Cameron is an honourable man: he took a naked £3.5m bribe from the construction industry to help him win power, and he is doing his utmost to pay the filthy lucre back in kind.

Sadly, that get-out clause cannot excuse the Prime Minister from his ‘never again’ promise when one looks at this response from the House of Commons Library:

floodspend271215I could call this a Smoking Gun, but once exposed to a heavy downpour very few guns smoke. The Government cut spending on flood defences for new homeowners and then relaxed the law so as to allow them to buy a floodplain home. Yes, there’s a government putting the Citizen first if ever I saw one.

But it gets worse. Because both this and previous administrations going back decades have preferred to dole out tax cuts to get reelected rather than invest in the upgrading of water collection and conservation. And to make matters worse, that vital task was then given to fatcat managers who benefited from water privatisations….who of course did nothing.

So today – despite having one of the three wettest climates in Europe – our ability to supply water to the population is compromised by both the demands of unchecked immigration, and myopic lack of investment.

You’d think that was bad enough. But for those without shame, it is nowhere near enough. Having signed up to COP21 in Paris, Camerlot last week snook through a law giving the go-ahead to fracking….a process of extracting shale gas whose methodology stands accused of polluting surrounding water reserves, and is found guilty of compromising supplies thanks to the insane levels of water waste involved.

For once, words fail me.

24 thoughts on “At the End of the Day

  1. We all know what they’re like, and yet we voted them back into power again. No wonder they treat the electorate with such barely disguised contempt. They must be laughing up their sleeves…

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  2. ……. but Cameron claimed today that his government had increased spending on flood defences year on year since in power …..the plot thickens ….. meanwhile people are homeless and powerless … but at least it’s in the north …… I really do want to use some strong language here …………………..

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  3. @happygrecian:
    ‘They must be laughing up their sleeves…’
    That was a long time ago, they laugh in our faces now and just thumb their noses at us.
    We, continue to allow them to behave towards us in this manor, I can’t any sight of change in respect of this situation in the near, or come to that, far future.

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  4. With the comment by Happygrecian in mind.

    ” We all know what they’re like, and yet we voted them back into power again. No wonder they treat the electorate with such barely disguised contempt. They must be laughing up their sleeves… ”

    I can see no reason under the circumstances, ie the many and numerous sleights of hand going on all over Europe including the UK, why the current lot will not be voted in ad infinitum. The only reason to trust the ballot box right now is because its all we have.

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  5. Fame at last – the field in your pic is only a few hundred yards from my house.
    Whalley is awash with newly-built housing estates, and for several years I’ve been walking past “Whalley Says No” campaign signs saying, in effect, “please don’t build here, it’ll flood the place”. Thanks, Dave!

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  6. Why would .gov spend our tax £’s on flood defences here when the insurance companies can pick up the tab each time and then pass the cost on with increased premiums. They need all they can get to deal with the flood of ISIS in the desert and the flood of migrants from the desert…. We are being deserted and scuttled.

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  7. Just wait until it starts to get cold. A very old prediction from the climate guys is that the Gulf Stream may shut down. Maybe,maybe not, but it has slowed down. I’ve always sort of loved the idea of the terrible irony of the British Isles and Northern Europe getting colder as the globe in total warms. Love the irony but fear for the result. Hope it doesn’t happen. Wouldn’t bet against it. Well can’t bet against it. I’m too old get the payoff or the do the payout.

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  8. Not being funny, giving India foreign aid whilst they have a space program while we cannot even keep our own people safe and “dry” really shows the state of Conservative Britiain. We have a crisis in the NHS, education, pensions with underfunded police now topped off with lack of resources to deal with rain.

    Turn all foreign aid to dealing with our own issues, pick any of the above as a good starting point.

    No I don’t care about it going to some paradise slum because I like many British people will never be going there although Cameron probably has it as a holiday home.

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  9. 1. Rate of rainfall within a drainage basin:
    i. Climate variability by nature.
    ii. Climate control by control freaks.
    2. Rate of rainfall hitting the ground:
    i. Totality of evergreen trees absorbing, blocking and delaying rainfall reaching ground level.
    3. Absorption capacity of ground onto which rainfall arrives.
    i. Depth of biologically rich topsoil and subsoil.
    ii. Binding of such topsoil by permanent covering.
    iii. Drainage channels lacking any soil covering.
    4. Run-off capacity of basin:
    i. At the source height.
    ii. In valley tracts – presence of reservoirs to both store water for droughts and control water during extreme rainfall events.
    iii. In plain tracts – notably through drainage ditches, dredging to main maximal outflow volume, as well as concrete coverage preventing absorption of water into flood plains and encouraging localised flooding.

    We chopped down the forests and thereby denuded the upland areas of highly absorbing topsoil and subsoil, thus maximising the rate of water inflow into upper river basins. We stopped dredging rivers increasing the likelihoods of flooding lower down. We built massives of houses on flood plains, both concreting those areas and exposing humans to regular risk.

    If this is the result of 40 years of ‘elf n safety’ obsessions, I would say that we are in the realms of extreme political perversions.

    The reality is that flooding humans is profitable for someone and the misery it causes is ‘acceptable collateral damage’.

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  10. Another problem that can’t be solved by small (including local)government & neoliberal economics,there’s not enough profit in flood defences & not enough economic activity to socialise the cost,because banking bailouts destroyed that option! & tax avoidance as destroyed the progress society option.

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  11. To really see Government action on flooding we need to see the same levels of flooding in the Cotswolds, particularly in and around Sniffing Norton, you would be shocked at the level of activity that would suddenly take place to ensure the residents were not inconvenienced in any way.

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  12. @rtj

    Agree with much of what you say, with perhaps the exception of the dredging claim.

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jan/30/dredging-rivers-floods-somerset-levels-david-cameron-farmers

    Allowing the free market to dictate where housing is located in a crowded island, rather than bowing to the wisdom of those that have studied flood patterns over past centuries, lies at the root of this. From memory, it was an ideological decision by Thatcher that led to much flood-plain construction. The clue of what might happen is of course is in the name of these areas.

    As you say, denuding the natural cover of vast areas of hillsides and keeping them bare by subsidising uneconomic and destructive sheep farming undoubtedly exacerbates the problem.

    There are comparisons to be drawn with what has been happening in Southern California recently. In the past, wildfires would rage most years, burn the undergrowth and would often leave mature trees relatively undamaged as there was not enough accumulated fuel to reach damagingly high temperatures. These fires would rage in the hills of southern California, but it would be little more than an inconvenience for most. Active fire suppression, population pressure, and unregulated building has meant that the the same fires now regularly threaten the vast new housing estates that extend into the hill country.

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  13. But the insurers are not picking up the bills! I spoke today to a friend in UK whose property insurance is shortly due for renewal. He’s lived in that house for a number of years and, thus far, has never been flooded. However, when he spoke to his current insurers, they declined to extend his cover. Now, he is trying to find an alternative. If he does find one, the premium is likely to be horrendous. (Insurers share information: being declined by one, for any reason, is a big, black mark!) What’s the betting that insurers will, henceforth, decline cover to anyone who lives within 50 miles of anywhere that had ever been subject to flood damage?

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  14. Come on you lot ! There is a upside to all these water problems : If you allow fruking , on a any scale , it will probably increase ground water polution! This in addition trying to plans for an population explotion of the unwelcome .
    Now what’s the upside ..Your Nesle’ sahares will rocket and so will land with planning .
    Any ideasout their for bottled water adds?

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  15. Sav! me firing from the hip again: there thier their F/it.
    Years ago they anticipated problems with certain fields: If the water was buildign up and watrelogging early in winter ,
    They cut grooves in the turf and drained them off! they had exit gaps in embakments to help control the sittuation.

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