January has brought lots of rain and with it floods. Whole areas in the Somerset levels have not drained away and remain as a new sea. The radio is full of politician speak; full of meaningless sentences about how they ‘have people and money in place and long term strategies, and plans for the farmers to take responsibility’. So now it has become ammunition for political parties. A village has become an island for several weeks with children taken to school by boat. The authorities have installed Portaloos in the pub car park because the villagers can no longer use their toilets. The Army has been invited in to help with logistics, and the argument rages on about whose fault it is. The truth is, we use more land for crops and animals having ripped out the hedgerows, and ignored maintenance of ditches, plus we have more rainfall in the past few years. Rivers and canals have stopped being dredged and along with the loss of the trees that thrive on the excess water has created a problem. Historical land management can still teach us lessons if we choose to listen.
Russell Brand has been slated by the media because he said that young people should not vote as it is a waste of time with only ‘one political party with three heads’. They say he is irresponsible to tell the youth this and encourage the young to vote to change things, but I don’t think the politicians ‘get it’ at all.
Both Mr Hsg and I cannot listen to Radio 4 early morning because it is simply political garbage. Does no one speak honestly anymore? Presenters ask a question and there is no direct answer only party line answers. It’s a game that nobody wins and everybody loses.