Even the editor of Country Life gets it, Nigel

It really has come to something when the editor at large of Country Life, despite only a limited summary, is more clued in to the EU dimension of the excessive flooding in the Somerset Levels and more vocal about it than the leader of the UK’s EUsceptic political party.

It is a shame that Mr Aslet, upon identifying the key role played by Baroness Young in preparing the way for this debacle, didn’t go further in ramming this home to Telegraph readers.  But he’s certainly gone further than Nigel Farage, much to the detriment of the EUsceptic movement.

7 Responses to “Even the editor of Country Life gets it, Nigel”


  1. 1 Maureen Gannon 10/02/2014 at 2:04 pm

    Over a week ago I posted the link for the eu directive on the telegraph forum .since then there has been the booker article and now this one a mention of EU in amongst a history of bird watchers etc etc etc , Why are there no headlines? today I have made a post on an MEP blog about this asking the direct question, as of yet no response
    Why this very obvious suppresion? are this countries bird watches and fenlands more important than us being self sufficient ? Ah yes but Europe doesn’t like that does it? after all it saved us from tyranny twice,also this morning I sent the link of bookers column and the eu directive to a radio station who was playing the blame game about the floods, deathly silence ,
    Unbelievable.

  2. 2 Steve 10/02/2014 at 2:06 pm

    If you have once in a century (or two) rain, then why is “excessive flooding” such a surprise?

    If (as the article says) farmers prefer dry land then the effect of allowing them to have more of it would be a) to cause the water to leave the farm extra quick and flood the towns downstream when it can’t get through the bridges quick enough, and b) to cause the next drought to be even worse.

  3. 3 Autonomous Mind 10/02/2014 at 2:12 pm

    It didn’t take long for our resident climage change alarmist, Steve, to come out of the woodwork.

    The excessive flooding to which we are referring here is that which was avoidable, but has happened because flood prevention has been downscaled over a number of years. Even with the extra rain, there are areas that should never have seen the flood waters reach them. Yet they are under water because of the EU’s Floods Directive and several frameworks which promote the restoration of wetland at the expense of protection of life and property.

    Does that help you?

  4. 4 Will Rees 11/02/2014 at 1:46 am

    documents linked to here previously address the bottle neck problem :

    “Dredging the channel will increase the peak levels in fluvial flood events downstream on the River Parrett. However this will only be by a marginal amount and will not decrease the standard of protection provided by the flood banks, which need to deal with higher tidal flooding.”

    http://test.environment-agency.gov.uk/static/documents/Leisure/Curry_Moor_options_summary_sheet_-_historic_flood_levels_and_hydraulic_modelling.pdf

    Lord Smith’s latest comments : “people who bought homes in flood plains need to think about the “risk that that property faces”. Just wow. Would he be saying that to Londoners if the Thames barrier had been left unserviced for a decade?

    i can sort of see the need in keeping the moral up amongst the minority of EA staff that appear to be at the sharp end (nice bit of insight here :(insidetheenvironmentagency.co.uk) as the bloke clearly doesn’t have the grace to do the decent thing, so will have to wait for a public inquiry. (which by not announcing Cameron is not defusing the situation).

    But there has to one and it will be a daunting test of the transparency and accountability under which we now live . I expect to be very disappointed, the unaccountabilty of quangos may be on message but the EU whose competence it is, we apparently can’t handle the truth. No wonder our politicians wanted a massive pay rise, the power has ebbed away, but they must stand there like whipping boys for we cannot touch the Prince(s).

  5. 5 Steve 11/02/2014 at 9:21 am

    “It didn’t take long for our resident climage change alarmist, Steve, to come out of the woodwork.”

    Nice bit of irrelevant and incorrect ad hom, Mr EU alarmist.

    If you mean “excess flooding” then don’t say “excessive flooding”.

  6. 6 Steve 11/02/2014 at 9:24 am

    “documents linked to here previously address the bottle neck problem :”

    I suspect that would not hold generically. In this case the bottle-neck problem is still less than the tidal problem. Elsewhere that may not be so (all the way down the Thames west of London perhaps?).

  7. 7 Autonomous Mind 11/02/2014 at 5:57 pm

    Steve, climate change gravy train rider and EU lover, I’ll say what I like on my blog. If you don’t like it, crawl back to where you came from. Not hard is it?


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