Force Majeure?

Datchet floods A car lies half submerged after the Thames flooded in Datchet, Berkshire. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images 

My heart goes out to all the people affected by the flooding; I can only imagine what they must be going through.

But I can’t help but wonder if all this could have been avoided.

Along with other government departments, there have been large job losses in the Environment Agency

It’s simple really, you can’t make a proper cake if you don’t have the right ingredients …. it won’t taste the same and it won’t look the same. Yet this is what the ConDems are doing; they are cutting staff, cutting funding and expecting the remaining staff to do more with less.

That works for a while …. but there comes a point where you hit critical mass and I think that’s what’s happened.

I think it is important for people to be aware that the vast majority of civil servants want to do a good job. I know this because I am a civil servant. I can assure you that a lot of the staff I work with do an awful lot on goodwill (which is unpaid by the way) such as working late, coming in on days off, travelling to business meetings at short notice, regularly undertaking work which is outside their grade. 

But that cannot go on and on… goodwill doesn’t pay the bills.

You can be sure that EA staff are doing their jobs with less staff and less funding.

If the ConDems had not reduced the funding for dredging then there is every possibility that the effect of these floods would not have been so severe.

Sometimes, it takes a catastrophic event to wake people up to what is going on and by saying that I am in no way belittling what has happened, but I think people will now start to see how arrogant, ineffective and incompetent the ConDems really are and this may well have an effect on voting choices.

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