The hard-hit residents of York, already devastated by the flooding which has covered large parts of their ancient city, were struck by another disaster with the arrival, yesterday, of a water-borne pest – the Spineless Flip-Flop EUpologist.
The Spineless Flip-Flop EUpologist is generally seen in the aftermath of natural or man-made disasters and the species has two main family members; the Chinless and the Blustering. Yesterday York was visited by the Chinless Spineless Flip-Flop EUpologoist, easily identifiable by it’s mating call, “What you have to understand is…” usually delivered in a hectoring, patronising tone.
The public are advised, in the aftermath of any disaster, to try not to involve the media since the SFEU is invariably drawn to bright lights and cameras, where it tends to stumble around, interfering in the activities of the Emergency Services / Armed Forces, whilst mumbling incoherent comments and offering limp-handshakes to all and sundry. This limp handshake is the primary delivery mechanism for it’s particular venom and should be avoided at all costs, or at worst only endured if wearing industrial strength gloves.
Yesterday’s mumbling seemed to be along the lines of ‘it’s all about climate change, you know’ and denying that the north of England had received less funding for flood defences than the south. This last part was true – it hadn’t received less funding than the south of England because all that money had actually gone to EU countries such as Serbia.
Naturally no mention was made of the fact that virtually no dredging of our rivers has taken place since we were required, by the EU, (of course), to accept the European Water Framework Directive (EWF) into UK law back in 2000. Until then, for all of recorded history, it almost went without saying that a watercourse needed to be big enough to take any water that flowed into it, otherwise it would overflow and inundate the surrounding land and houses. Rivers, ditches, streams and becks silt up and become less deep. The water level rises year on year until an extreme event such as has happened over the last few weeks tips the balance and its floods galore. What the authorities won’t tell you about the flooding
As in most things, prevention is always better than cure. Dredging in advance of a disaster would always be better than building higher flood defences after it. It’s common sense – innit? Well, yes. Unless you’re the EU.