Residents of Kingston on Thames are emerging from their emergency shelters to scenes of utter carnage this morning. Recycling bins have been blown over, leaves clutter driveways and there are even reports of a washing line that lost items of clothing. But the question everyone is asking is: where were the police, the army and the Met Office?
An editorial in the Daily Mail reflected many people's feelings when it asked "Is it time for the BBC to be shut down and the Director General put on trial". Britain's state broadcaster, once the envy of the world, singularly failed to warn the population about the coming storm, because the story didn't fit in with its global warming agenda, fumed the paper. "At the BBC, they all think that if it's good for the wind turbines, it's good for Britain," said Rod Liddle, an ex editor on BBC Radio 4's Today programme.
With many schools on half term, parents were presented with a double whammy as South West trains took the opportunity to cancel all its services, leaving many a dad and working mum with no choice but to spend time with their kids. Many found themselves making awkward small talk about their children's plans for the holiday when they could have been attending vitally important Monday morning catch up meetings and going through their backlogs of electronic messaging systems. The effect of all these grounded executives, economists have warned, could be devastating for Britain's economic output. The suspension of agendas, Powerpoint presentations and water cooler conversations could see billions wiped off the collective stock market valuations of Britain's vitally important advertising agencies, media buyers and digital search companies.
The indomitable spirit of humanity survives however, and despite the awful hardship theres is still hope in people's eyes. Once again, the people of Kingston have risen to adversity and shown the sprit that has made this region an economic powerhouse. One marketing creative summed up the combative mood of the people as people searched for positives. "Now I know how Nelson Mandela must have felt during the Blitz - which is great background for a new Barclays Bank campaign I'm pitching ideas for."
Others told of how they have used to the time pick up new youth slang, and even use their conversations with their children to brush up on their IT skills. But despite this resolutely positive siege mentality, there remains a herd of Elephants in the Room - the BBC, the Police and The NHS - national institutions which have singularly failed the higher earning British tax payer. "Is this why Nye Bevan set up the BBC in the first place," asked columnist Jan Moir.