I don’t blog about politics and my personal politics are not up for airing in public, at least not here. But UK readers cannot fail to have been aware of the terrible flooding that has devastated vast swathes of the country. Having been flooded, indeed that was the reason I started this blog in the first place, I know how distressing and devastating it is to watch filthy water pour into your home. Fortunately our flood was transient and quite tiny compared to the horrors that thousands of people are suffering as I type. The long term effects will be with us for years. Farmland that will be unusable, family farms that will go out of business, homes ruined, a massive increase in the benefits bill, homes that will never be insurable again….. and that is just the practical effect it doesn’t even begin to touch on the emotional one.
Facebook followers will have seen me rant about the way the Government has handled, or rather mishandled, the situation. However I think that Jane Young summarises it far better than I can. Please do read her blog.
There are hundreds of comments, and they are worth reading too. Please do not fall into the trap that many commentators have of believing that she thinks that all of the Home Counties are full of middle class Tory voters. . Her point is not that there are not people suffering, of whatever financial situation. BUT that it is when flooding is affecting an area that is PREDOMINANTLY (not entirely) Tory and RELATIVELY (not 100%) wealthy that David Cameron is able to find funds to support them in their need. Meanwhile people who have also been in great need have been told that there is no money available to them. Yes, there is a difference between a natural disaster and ongoing need, But even if you take that out of the equation and look only at the flood victims the levels of support available in the Home Counties overnight compared to Cumbria and the West Country since Christmas is pitiful.