The Guardian reports that troops called in and 1,000 soldiers on standby as thousands of people are evacuated after ‘unprecedented’ water levels hit northern England. This is a must-read and deeply worrying article.
This is a disgraceful situation for the UK government of David Cameron and George Osborne. Osborne’s bacon-slicer approach to public spending was always high risk. Now we are seeing the impact of under investment in public services. For sure, the government will try to pass the buck and blame senior civil servants.
I fear that this is just one key area where the UK government is seriously at risk.
A broad based strategy is required to deal with the UK, with proper bottom-up costing and independent risk-assessment.