Emergency help announced to educate Somerset residents what a flood plain is.
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Excellent Squudge much better than my 1 liner.
I think all the flooding whingers should get together with the 'I bought a house on the coast 30 feet from a collapsing cliff' people and fuck right off.
May I suggest a small ammendment?
"Emergency help announced to educate river drainage authorities what river drainage is. Environmetalsists who are more concerned about the habitat of birds, water voles and otters than they are about crops, farmland and people's 100-year-old homes can fuck right off."
That, apparently, is the opinion of Glastonbury Festival founder and farmer, Michael Eavis.
Perhaps one might educate the public to avoid houses with swans in the back garden. While we undoubtedly add a certain cachet to any dump, it usually means the area might be 'moist'.
I have to say I honked at some strident woman on the telly last night yelling that the 'flooding must stop'. By all means dredge the rivers (carefully), but don't bloody yell at the government when you build your nests in risky places.
I sure Michael Eavis has a valid point but the fact remains Glastonbury and surrounding area was built on a swamp.
The area has been farmed successfully for many generations, and many of the houses have been happily occupied for more than 100 years.
This was in part because rivers and other waterways were always maintained, dredged and cleared as necessary. However a few years ago a conscious and deliberate decision made to stop doing this for "environmental" reasons, and the auhtorities sold off / scrapped a lot of their expensive machinery formerly used for this maintenance work.
That is what Mr Eavis is, quite rightly, annoyed about, and he is on record as sayng so at the time the decision was made and predicting exactly this type of exceptional flooding.
A colleague bought his little 18th century cottage in Somerset ten years ago. Nothing came up in surveys and searches about it ever flooding, even though it's in a village with a river running through it (as most are, to be honest). He's been flooded twice in the past three years.
Something has changed to cause it, he feels like shouting at someone and, whether successive national governments are to blame or not, the chinless muppet that is Owen Paterson seems to have been specifically designed to be a target for such yelling.
But anyway, let's not let the facts get in the way of a funny line which I happen to think this is.
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