Outside the marginals

A commentary on the politics that followed the UK 2010, 2015 & 2017 elections (and THAT referendum)

Archive for the category “Flooding”

Water water everywhere

Do we get the environment we deserve? I fear we do. So many public utterances – initially by the public but repeated echo-like by our Lords and masters – seem to illustrate a wilful refusal to engage with science. (And that last word has probably lost me half those who read this blog – and the other half probably know what is coming and will agree anyway!)

So how do I make the accusation of a “wilful refusal” stand up? Read more…

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Whatever it costs (2)

Our dear Prime Minister was deeply concerned about the flooding in the Thames Valley around Oxfordshire (where his constituency is), Buckinghamshire and Berkshire (where Theresa May’s constituency is).

Money is no object in this relief effort. Whatever money is needed we will spend it.
BBC News Website 11 February 2014: UK floods: PM says money ‘no object’ in relief effort

Nice to know (then); what about now? Read more…

Big Problems need Big State Solutions

I am struck over and over again that some country’s governments take great delight in the concept of “Small Government”, whilst we face big problems requiring the sort of big solutions that only “Big Government” (and sometimes international cooperation) can solve.

For example:

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Climate Change

Recent weather events have raised the issue of climate change – yet again. The reactions of David Cameron and of Ed Miliband are revealing. Whilst it is true that the Prime Minister has to address current crises (particularly when they affect the South) and the Leader of the Opposition can avoid immediate issues in favour of longer-term issues, their reactions also says something about their attitudes.

Which is worrying.

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“Whatever it costs”

Our dear Prime Minister is deeply concerned about the flooding in the Thames Valley around Oxfordshire (where his constituency is), Buckinghamshire and Berkshire (where Theresa May’s constituency is).

Money is no object in this relief effort. Whatever money is needed we will spend it.
BBC News Website 11 February 2014: UK floods: PM says money ‘no object’ in relief effort

Nice to know. Read more…

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