Flooding: When did we lose personal responsibility in this country?

The people who live by the side of a river, on the coast, on flood plains or on reclaimed marshland (like the Somerset Flats) are playing a percentage game. They are gambling that the once-in-a-couple-of-centuries series of storms won’t happen while they live their idyllic waterside existence.

Most of the time, because the percentage chance of it happening is so small, they get away with it. It is hypocritical of them *in the extreme* to complain if the Environment Agency and the government plays the same percentage game.

How much would the uneducated masses be complaining if billions was spend on flood defences when nothing is likely to happen for decades or centuries? They’d be up in arms complaining about it.

The railway to the SouthWest has been there since Brunel built it. The Thames hasn’t flooded this high since long before 1947. How many billions would you like us to spend now to make sure that these things are still safe in the year 2235?

Also, nobody has explained to me why the people who live in these places can’t organise and pay for their own flood defences. They seem to be such experts on it.

Has the question “How much should Council Tax go up to pay for local flood defences” even been asked? Or has it been asked and met with stoney silence? It always seems to be “someone else’s fault” these days.

Nobody has a backbone of their own. It’s pathetic.

The Standard published it, but edited it almost out of existence: