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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/defra-ignored-somerset-flood-warnings-9091835.html

Government officials were specifically warned a year ago that two rivers could cause severe flooding in the Somerset Moors – which have now been under water for weeks – unless they were properly dredged, The Independent has learnt.

The Environment Secretary, Owen Paterson, faced fierce criticism from politicians in Somerset after it emerged that the Government has slashed its budget for maintaining England’s rivers by nearly half since taking office.

With parts of the county flooded for nearly a month and more heavy rain expected in south-west England and south Wales on Friday, residents were dismayed to discover that Mr Paterson’s department had been told last year that the rivers Tone and Parrett risked inundating the surrounding area unless action was taken.

The amount of money the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has allocated to maintain England’s rivers fell from £108m in 2010-11 to about £92m in 2012-13, the year in which Mr Paterson took office.

Underwater Britain...

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2547737/Drowning-misery-Homes-flooded-month-vast-tracts-farmland-wrecked-lives-hold-staggering-incompetence.html

The Government has accepted that dredging has to resume, but Environment Agency chairman Lord Smith refuses to accept responsibility for the plight of beleaguered residents.

And he infuriated homeowners by saying his staff had been ‘working their socks off’. The Labour former minister, who is on £100,000 a year for a three-day week, insisted dredging would not have solved the problems.

Nice work if you can get it.

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The EA is infested with hippies who want to return us to a simple pastoral existence:

‘A group of intellectuals are imposing their fantasies on this landscape, and their fantasy is that they’re living in a wilderness, and they’re trying to create a landscape that hasn’t existed here for 3,000 years. I think it’s a tragedy. There’s a place for bits of forestry, and a place for bits of bird sanctuary. But we have to protect the human.’

http://blogs.spectator.co.uk/coffeehouse/2014/01/will-england-ever-see-george-monbiots-sheep-free-fantasy/

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The EA is infested with hippies who want to return us to a simple pastoral existence:

'A group of intellectuals are imposing their fantasies on this landscape, and their fantasy is that they're living in a wilderness, and they're trying to create a landscape that hasn't existed here for 3,000 years. I think it's a tragedy. There's a place for bits of forestry, and a place for bits of bird sanctuary. But we have to protect the human.'

http://blogs.spectat...p-free-fantasy/

In context that's an argument against re-wilding highland areas in a way that could actually reduce lowland flooding :lol:

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I think we already knew that dredging rivers affects where water goes, so somewhere else bears the brunt of flooding.

If people bought into the natural wetlands on a promise of dredging, they very likely have a case to demand it - though the case isn't really so different from yer typical nimby case. I've no idea what promises (if any) have actually been made or implied.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-25954843

Military vehicles could be drafted in to help flood-hit Somerset, the environment secretary has said.

Owen Paterson said the Ministry of Defence was in talks to "deploy specialist vehicles" to affected areas.

After chairing the emergency Cobra committee, Mr Paterson said: "We had a very constructive discussion with Somerset County Council, who have asked for assistance."

The Somerset Levels have been badly hit by flooding in recent weeks.

Villages such as Muchelney have been cut off for almost a month and about 11,500 hectares (28,420 acres) of the Levels are flooded by about 65 million cubic metres of water.

So should this have been done weeks ago?

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Some of the highest levels of unemployment are actually found in the centre of London.

Yep. London makes Middlesbrough look good.

As a northerner I am actually keen on capping the amount paid out in benefits.

Take a region, cap the pay outs at x%. Then the more people you get on benefit, the less each gets.

Growing up and witnessing firsthand the likes Middlesbrough as more and more people sign on convinced me of this.

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So should this have been done weeks ago?

Yes, if a. it had been a highly populated area and b. if it had been given air time sooner on the main national/world TV stations and MSM......they thought it would all soak in naturally and dry away, but it hasn't. ;)

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