Opinion – Cost of UK floods tops £5bn, with thousands facing financial ruin | Environment | The Guardian – John Gelmini

English: River Eden in flood, Jan05 Featuring ...

English: River Eden in flood, Jan05 Featuring storm-damaged large ash tree. View over St Oswald’s Church (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Another interesting article from Dr Alf about the cost of flooding topping £5 billion GBP and about to rise when storm Frederick arrives.

There will be more trouble and years there has been little or no investment in flood defences for this part of the country since before I was a small child sent to Patterdale and Ullswater for my annual holiday.

Various parties are to blame for this including the Met Office who are so bad at weather forecasting that even the BBC have been forced to sack them having followed Tesco PLC who fired them 3 years ago.

The Government is to blame because it knew these forecasts were wrong but still chose not to improve the infrastructure in Cumbria because it really only favours London and economic powerhouses like Cambridge which is in receipt of billions and due to get a lot more.

The truth is if you earn more than £250,000 GBP you are listened to and if you donate to the Conservative Party as well you are given very close attention.

Cumbria has seen better days as a tourist attraction having been superceded by warmer climates and it has failed to diversify its economic base or move with the times.

This is the fault of local authorities and people living there being too passive and complacent.

John Gelmini

Opinion – Big Tory donor will back Boris Johnson to beat George Osborne in Conservative leadership race – Telegraph – John Gelmini


Boris-johnson (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is an interesting article via the Daily Telegraph which Dr Alf has brought us.

Boris would be more imaginative, better able to secure foreign inward investment and more popular with the electorate than George Osborne, even though Osborne has grown with his job and is politically cunning.

Given the need to renegotiate with Europe Boris would be in a better position than David Cameron because everyone knows that David Cameron is wedded to remaining in the EU and will not secure many concessions from Angela Merkel or Juncker.

All that said, it is all a question of the timing of David Cameron’s departure and the boundary changes, which will see the Conservative majority grow by 20 seats. In that event and good economic news people will go for Osborne but if we have bad economic performance, more storms and too much indifference to the plight of the “horny handed” population of Cumbria by the Southern elite, then the Conservatives need to unleash Boris.

John Gelmini