…and that’s defend David Cameron.
The ‘Guardian’ gleefully recounts how he was ‘heckled’ as he visited a flood-hit village:
Cameron was also heckled by Sean Matthews, 54, a tube driver who had given up on keeping his footwear dry and was striding around the village barefoot.
“The people he is talking to, the Environment Agency and so on, they weren’t here,” he said. “I swam this road on Christmas Day, pulling people out on my own. There was no one here on Christmas Day or Boxing Day. A lot of families have lost a lot.”
Sally Pawson, a nurse who lives alone, had enlisted the help of friends to rip out carpets, lift soaked chipboard floors and clean up her filthy possessions.
“My frustration is that until Cameron came we had been left abandoned,” she said. “When we knew he was coming this morning the police showed up, the council turned up but until then the only people helping us were volunteers. It was just a publicity stunt.”
Now maybe it’s me, but…if that were really the case, I’d actually be thanking god that he did turn up, the better to force the public services we pay through the nose for to actually serve. And the people I’d be angry with would be the police and the council.
Not that I’m going to fail to point out that maybe a nurse and a tube driver have other reasons for their attack on the PM…
And maybe, just maybe, it’s not entirely the State’s fault, either:
A proposal to build a earthworks burm – a raised mound – around the village was not taken forward following consultation with the local community, partly because of its aesthetic impact on the village, said Andrew Pearce, the Environment Agency’s area manager for Kent and south London.
I wonder what they think of its aesthetic impact now?