Somerset floods: Ed Miliband calls for faster insurance payouts on visit to Somerset

Labour leader Ed Miliband on his visit to Somerset. Photo: Ed Miliband Twitter.

Labour leader Ed Miliband on his visit to Somerset. Photo: Ed Miliband Twitter.

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FLOODED homeowners should receive insurance payouts quicker to ensure they can return to their homes as soon as possible, according to Labour leader Ed Miliband.

Mr Miliband said the Government was "too slow" to appreciate the seriousness of the flooding, which has caused devastation across the county since the start of the new year.

He also said the priority is to ensure people are getting all the help they can during a visit to Moorland and Northmoor Pumping Station today (February 18).

He thanked Environment Agency staff, emergency services and volunteers who are helping to control the floods.

The Labour chief is the latest in a long line of politicians to visit the Somerset Levels, following Prime Minister David Cameron and his deputy Nick Clegg.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has also visited, along with Environment Agency chairman Lord Smith. 

Mr Miliband's visit coincides with a Downing Street summit where the Prime Minister met representatives from the insurance industry to discuss flood compensation.

Otto Thoresen, director general of the Association of British Insurers, said the industry had paid out "millions" in emergency payments to those affected.

Meanwhile, Royal Marines from 40 Commando are due in Chadmead, North Newton, to help sandbag this afternoon.

At Burrowbridge, Royal Engineers are preparing the ground for a fuel pipeline to supply Saltmoor Pump, with the pipeline due this afternoon.

 

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4:40am Wed 19 Feb 14

ladybird14 says...

I don't know much about theses socialist Party's but it seems to they are all in it for cheap brownie points they make my skin crawl. they didn't give a **** to what was happening to the people on the levels until it was getting near London now they are all trying to jump well as far as I am concern listen to what the people are saying they no the land/area better than you pen pusher you need to learn to walk before you can jump I am sick of you falling over each other bloody pull your fingers out and HELP these people !!!!!
I don't know much about theses socialist Party's but it seems to they are all in it for cheap brownie points they make my skin crawl. they didn't give a **** to what was happening to the people on the levels until it was getting near London now they are all trying to jump well as far as I am concern listen to what the people are saying they no the land/area better than you pen pusher you need to learn to walk before you can jump I am sick of you falling over each other bloody pull your fingers out and HELP these people !!!!! ladybird14
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8:56am Wed 19 Feb 14

Blue Owl says...

Yesterday, by coincidenceI was in Moorland village to see David and Shelaugh @ the Thatchers Pub, to offer them any assistance they might need, as I could not get further into Moorland, to see Tony ( Fingers ) Adicott,
One of our Skittle Team Members, and also John The Griffen, both who were amongst the Residents whose homes were deluged with Flood Water, devastating to all.
Tony, who is in his Mid Seventies, was,so upset, last week @ Skittles you could see it in his eyes and voice, how it was affecting the man. Who still has not been back to his Bungalow, over a week on......".Skittles was a welcome Evening to try and take his mind of the events he has suffered......will be at least 6 months before he could return to live in his Bungalow, if ever !???
David L Preece
Blue-Owl
Yesterday, by coincidenceI was in Moorland village to see David and Shelaugh @ the Thatchers Pub, to offer them any assistance they might need, as I could not get further into Moorland, to see Tony ( Fingers ) Adicott, One of our Skittle Team Members, and also John The Griffen, both who were amongst the Residents whose homes were deluged with Flood Water, devastating to all. Tony, who is in his Mid Seventies, was,so upset, last week @ Skittles you could see it in his eyes and voice, how it was affecting the man. Who still has not been back to his Bungalow, over a week on......".Skittles was a welcome Evening to try and take his mind of the events he has suffered......will be at least 6 months before he could return to live in his Bungalow, if ever !??? David L Preece Blue-Owl Blue Owl
  • Score: 1

9:04am Wed 19 Feb 14

Blue Owl says...

The SomersetSocialistpar
ty, are again spouting their rhetoric, that quite frankly makes them, or HIM, Lafffffable!!!! The more They or He Posts, the stupider his remarks, it sounds like every political Party, main Stream have got it all wrong over the last 60 years, and ONLY the socialist doctrine is Right!!!! Obviously, that's why they have so few MP s in Parliament, their support is so overwhelming that the rest of us misguided fools voting in the way we have, are WRONG, !!! I Do not Think So !!!!!!!
David L Preece
Blue-Owl
Ps. And still he posts! without giving his name and position as a Member, of the SSP.......who r u? Pray tell! or are you ashamed of what you believe! And want us to Follow !!!!!!!!!!
The SomersetSocialistpar ty, are again spouting their rhetoric, that quite frankly makes them, or HIM, Lafffffable!!!! The more They or He Posts, the stupider his remarks, it sounds like every political Party, main Stream have got it all wrong over the last 60 years, and ONLY the socialist doctrine is Right!!!! Obviously, that's why they have so few MP s in Parliament, their support is so overwhelming that the rest of us misguided fools voting in the way we have, are WRONG, !!! I Do not Think So !!!!!!! David L Preece Blue-Owl Ps. And still he posts! without giving his name and position as a Member, of the SSP.......who r u? Pray tell! or are you ashamed of what you believe! And want us to Follow !!!!!!!!!! Blue Owl
  • Score: -1

9:48am Wed 19 Feb 14

Blue Owl says...

ladybird14 wrote:
I don't know much about theses socialist Party's but it seems to they are all in it for cheap brownie points they make my skin crawl. they didn't give a **** to what was happening to the people on the levels until it was getting near London now they are all trying to jump well as far as I am concern listen to what the people are saying they no the land/area better than you pen pusher you need to learn to walk before you can jump I am sick of you falling over each other bloody pull your fingers out and HELP these people !!!!!
I just have to post one more......
Well put to the Quoted Post above. !!!!!!
As I said, I was by coincidence out @ moorland yesterday! see my Facebook page for pictures! talking with Dave @ the Pub, when three cars pulled onto the ltd pub Car park, 3 Drivers, ladies got out. Locked the vehicles, without a bye or leave to The Landlord, walked off towards The moorland pumping Station, ignoring our Comments re parking !!!! Some 15 Mins later they returned, having parked in front of Pallets of sandbags and other Flood relieve Piping etc, as the EA were using the Car Park as a supply staging area.
So jokingly, I told them that the vehicles would cost, a contribution to the Flood Relief Fund, fell on Deaf ears,!!!!! so I pursued my enquiry as to who they were, Journalist, Reporter, again no response, so now I' m more intrigued. Eventually after deflecting more direct questions from myself, they admitted they worked for Ed MILIBAND, they were the advance party, checking out the Ground. As he was due on our patch! I enquired, as to why the Blithering idiot was coming today, ( as a Former District Tory Cllr) I couldn't help myself........
By epic coincidence and perfect timing Iain Liddell-Grainger was in the Village as he's been a regular, during this crisis, approached the pub from that direction, greeted myself! and when I told him Miliband was on the patch for a Publicity Op.......... He got out of his car with perfect timing to Confront , Greet and Welcome Ed M and the Local Labour Contingent , who were gathering around their, Leader, Cllrs Leary, and Julian Taylor, himself a flooded house victim. Again, as all those whose lives are in turmoil, I feel for all. !!!!
However, we have had , N Farage UKIP, all and Sundry visiting, electioneering photo Ops, adding NOTHING to the FLOOD aid, in Financial or Support, Just to be able to say they , came They saw they did nothing!!!
Well that's my take on the serious situation......here in Somerset !!
Miliband, had notified the MAIN news Team, so that his Visit was on Lunchtime News Yesterday...........
Typical . What did he have to say, nothing that has not been said already, of course the insurance Companies must pay out Claims ASAP. But how an they until the extent of each individual Claim is assessed by the Underwriters........
.most of the bungalows are still under 2 ft
Of water still.
Ed, Take your Wellies of, Get out of our County, he up the Motorway, "Get Off Our Moor " one more thing, the three lasses, with the Cars, when I obviously told them my Political Preferences , we were exchanging banter, I passed a Comment on their New Hunter Expensive Wellies ???? " Saying that they would be alright for the Summer Glastonbury Pilton Festival," Surprise, Surprise, these Young ladies! aged Guess 23- 26, did not know as to what I was referring. Uh !!!!! I had to explain that it is the Biggest Pop Event in the World, now.
Good job. I didn't mention, that normally in the Flooded Fields, we normally have Cows And Sheep grazing.......!!!!!!
!!!!!

Oh the Youth of 2 day, straight out of University, with a Politics Degree, and little experience of the Real world, outside the M25 and Central London.

God help us All !!!!!! Because Labour Will Not...!!! Still maybe labour will form a Co-allusion, (Oops But Perhaps the IPad predictive Text is correct )Reread.
With the Somerset S Party.
Then I really will know the Worlds Gone Crazy !!!!!
David L Preece
Blue - Owl
[quote][p][bold]ladybird14[/bold] wrote: I don't know much about theses socialist Party's but it seems to they are all in it for cheap brownie points they make my skin crawl. they didn't give a **** to what was happening to the people on the levels until it was getting near London now they are all trying to jump well as far as I am concern listen to what the people are saying they no the land/area better than you pen pusher you need to learn to walk before you can jump I am sick of you falling over each other bloody pull your fingers out and HELP these people !!!!![/p][/quote]I just have to post one more...... Well put to the Quoted Post above. !!!!!! As I said, I was by coincidence out @ moorland yesterday! see my Facebook page for pictures! talking with Dave @ the Pub, when three cars pulled onto the ltd pub Car park, 3 Drivers, ladies got out. Locked the vehicles, without a bye or leave to The Landlord, walked off towards The moorland pumping Station, ignoring our Comments re parking !!!! Some 15 Mins later they returned, having parked in front of Pallets of sandbags and other Flood relieve Piping etc, as the EA were using the Car Park as a supply staging area. So jokingly, I told them that the vehicles would cost, a contribution to the Flood Relief Fund, fell on Deaf ears,!!!!! so I pursued my enquiry as to who they were, Journalist, Reporter, again no response, so now I' m more intrigued. Eventually after deflecting more direct questions from myself, they admitted they worked for Ed MILIBAND, they were the advance party, checking out the Ground. As he was due on our patch! I enquired, as to why the Blithering idiot was coming today, ( as a Former District Tory Cllr) I couldn't help myself........ By epic coincidence and perfect timing Iain Liddell-Grainger was in the Village as he's been a regular, during this crisis, approached the pub from that direction, greeted myself! and when I told him Miliband was on the patch for a Publicity Op.......... He got out of his car with perfect timing to Confront , Greet and Welcome Ed M and the Local Labour Contingent , who were gathering around their, Leader, Cllrs Leary, and Julian Taylor, himself a flooded house victim. Again, as all those whose lives are in turmoil, I feel for all. !!!! However, we have had , N Farage UKIP, all and Sundry visiting, electioneering photo Ops, adding NOTHING to the FLOOD aid, in Financial or Support, Just to be able to say they , came They saw they did nothing!!! Well that's my take on the serious situation......here in Somerset !! Miliband, had notified the MAIN news Team, so that his Visit was on Lunchtime News Yesterday........... Typical . What did he have to say, nothing that has not been said already, of course the insurance Companies must pay out Claims ASAP. But how an they until the extent of each individual Claim is assessed by the Underwriters........ .most of the bungalows are still under 2 ft Of water still. Ed, Take your Wellies of, Get out of our County, he up the Motorway, "Get Off Our Moor " one more thing, the three lasses, with the Cars, when I obviously told them my Political Preferences , we were exchanging banter, I passed a Comment on their New Hunter Expensive Wellies ???? " Saying that they would be alright for the Summer Glastonbury Pilton Festival," Surprise, Surprise, these Young ladies! aged Guess 23- 26, did not know as to what I was referring. Uh !!!!! I had to explain that it is the Biggest Pop Event in the World, now. Good job. I didn't mention, that normally in the Flooded Fields, we normally have Cows And Sheep grazing.......!!!!!! !!!!! Oh the Youth of 2 day, straight out of University, with a Politics Degree, and little experience of the Real world, outside the M25 and Central London. God help us All !!!!!! Because Labour Will Not...!!! Still maybe labour will form a Co-allusion, (Oops But Perhaps the IPad predictive Text is correct )Reread. With the Somerset S Party. Then I really will know the Worlds Gone Crazy !!!!! David L Preece Blue - Owl Blue Owl
  • Score: -2

9:48am Wed 19 Feb 14

Blue Owl says...

ladybird14 wrote:
I don't know much about theses socialist Party's but it seems to they are all in it for cheap brownie points they make my skin crawl. they didn't give a **** to what was happening to the people on the levels until it was getting near London now they are all trying to jump well as far as I am concern listen to what the people are saying they no the land/area better than you pen pusher you need to learn to walk before you can jump I am sick of you falling over each other bloody pull your fingers out and HELP these people !!!!!
I just have to post one more......
Well put to the Quoted Post above. !!!!!!
As I said, I was by coincidence out @ moorland yesterday! see my Facebook page for pictures! talking with Dave @ the Pub, when three cars pulled onto the ltd pub Car park, 3 Drivers, ladies got out. Locked the vehicles, without a bye or leave to The Landlord, walked off towards The moorland pumping Station, ignoring our Comments re parking !!!! Some 15 Mins later they returned, having parked in front of Pallets of sandbags and other Flood relieve Piping etc, as the EA were using the Car Park as a supply staging area.
So jokingly, I told them that the vehicles would cost, a contribution to the Flood Relief Fund, fell on Deaf ears,!!!!! so I pursued my enquiry as to who they were, Journalist, Reporter, again no response, so now I' m more intrigued. Eventually after deflecting more direct questions from myself, they admitted they worked for Ed MILIBAND, they were the advance party, checking out the Ground. As he was due on our patch! I enquired, as to why the Blithering idiot was coming today, ( as a Former District Tory Cllr) I couldn't help myself........
By epic coincidence and perfect timing Iain Liddell-Grainger was in the Village as he's been a regular, during this crisis, approached the pub from that direction, greeted myself! and when I told him Miliband was on the patch for a Publicity Op.......... He got out of his car with perfect timing to Confront , Greet and Welcome Ed M and the Local Labour Contingent , who were gathering around their, Leader, Cllrs Leary, and Julian Taylor, himself a flooded house victim. Again, as all those whose lives are in turmoil, I feel for all. !!!!
However, we have had , N Farage UKIP, all and Sundry visiting, electioneering photo Ops, adding NOTHING to the FLOOD aid, in Financial or Support, Just to be able to say they , came They saw they did nothing!!!
Well that's my take on the serious situation......here in Somerset !!
Miliband, had notified the MAIN news Team, so that his Visit was on Lunchtime News Yesterday...........
Typical . What did he have to say, nothing that has not been said already, of course the insurance Companies must pay out Claims ASAP. But how an they until the extent of each individual Claim is assessed by the Underwriters........
.most of the bungalows are still under 2 ft
Of water still.
Ed, Take your Wellies of, Get out of our County, he up the Motorway, "Get Off Our Moor " one more thing, the three lasses, with the Cars, when I obviously told them my Political Preferences , we were exchanging banter, I passed a Comment on their New Hunter Expensive Wellies ???? " Saying that they would be alright for the Summer Glastonbury Pilton Festival," Surprise, Surprise, these Young ladies! aged Guess 23- 26, did not know as to what I was referring. Uh !!!!! I had to explain that it is the Biggest Pop Event in the World, now.
Good job. I didn't mention, that normally in the Flooded Fields, we normally have Cows And Sheep grazing.......!!!!!!
!!!!!

Oh the Youth of 2 day, straight out of University, with a Politics Degree, and little experience of the Real world, outside the M25 and Central London.

God help us All !!!!!! Because Labour Will Not...!!! Still maybe labour will form a Co-allusion, (Oops But Perhaps the IPad predictive Text is correct )Reread.
With the Somerset S Party.
Then I really will know the Worlds Gone Crazy !!!!!
David L Preece
Blue - Owl
[quote][p][bold]ladybird14[/bold] wrote: I don't know much about theses socialist Party's but it seems to they are all in it for cheap brownie points they make my skin crawl. they didn't give a **** to what was happening to the people on the levels until it was getting near London now they are all trying to jump well as far as I am concern listen to what the people are saying they no the land/area better than you pen pusher you need to learn to walk before you can jump I am sick of you falling over each other bloody pull your fingers out and HELP these people !!!!![/p][/quote]I just have to post one more...... Well put to the Quoted Post above. !!!!!! As I said, I was by coincidence out @ moorland yesterday! see my Facebook page for pictures! talking with Dave @ the Pub, when three cars pulled onto the ltd pub Car park, 3 Drivers, ladies got out. Locked the vehicles, without a bye or leave to The Landlord, walked off towards The moorland pumping Station, ignoring our Comments re parking !!!! Some 15 Mins later they returned, having parked in front of Pallets of sandbags and other Flood relieve Piping etc, as the EA were using the Car Park as a supply staging area. So jokingly, I told them that the vehicles would cost, a contribution to the Flood Relief Fund, fell on Deaf ears,!!!!! so I pursued my enquiry as to who they were, Journalist, Reporter, again no response, so now I' m more intrigued. Eventually after deflecting more direct questions from myself, they admitted they worked for Ed MILIBAND, they were the advance party, checking out the Ground. As he was due on our patch! I enquired, as to why the Blithering idiot was coming today, ( as a Former District Tory Cllr) I couldn't help myself........ By epic coincidence and perfect timing Iain Liddell-Grainger was in the Village as he's been a regular, during this crisis, approached the pub from that direction, greeted myself! and when I told him Miliband was on the patch for a Publicity Op.......... He got out of his car with perfect timing to Confront , Greet and Welcome Ed M and the Local Labour Contingent , who were gathering around their, Leader, Cllrs Leary, and Julian Taylor, himself a flooded house victim. Again, as all those whose lives are in turmoil, I feel for all. !!!! However, we have had , N Farage UKIP, all and Sundry visiting, electioneering photo Ops, adding NOTHING to the FLOOD aid, in Financial or Support, Just to be able to say they , came They saw they did nothing!!! Well that's my take on the serious situation......here in Somerset !! Miliband, had notified the MAIN news Team, so that his Visit was on Lunchtime News Yesterday........... Typical . What did he have to say, nothing that has not been said already, of course the insurance Companies must pay out Claims ASAP. But how an they until the extent of each individual Claim is assessed by the Underwriters........ .most of the bungalows are still under 2 ft Of water still. Ed, Take your Wellies of, Get out of our County, he up the Motorway, "Get Off Our Moor " one more thing, the three lasses, with the Cars, when I obviously told them my Political Preferences , we were exchanging banter, I passed a Comment on their New Hunter Expensive Wellies ???? " Saying that they would be alright for the Summer Glastonbury Pilton Festival," Surprise, Surprise, these Young ladies! aged Guess 23- 26, did not know as to what I was referring. Uh !!!!! I had to explain that it is the Biggest Pop Event in the World, now. Good job. I didn't mention, that normally in the Flooded Fields, we normally have Cows And Sheep grazing.......!!!!!! !!!!! Oh the Youth of 2 day, straight out of University, with a Politics Degree, and little experience of the Real world, outside the M25 and Central London. God help us All !!!!!! Because Labour Will Not...!!! Still maybe labour will form a Co-allusion, (Oops But Perhaps the IPad predictive Text is correct )Reread. With the Somerset S Party. Then I really will know the Worlds Gone Crazy !!!!! David L Preece Blue - Owl Blue Owl
  • Score: -1

9:48am Wed 19 Feb 14

Blue Owl says...

ladybird14 wrote:
I don't know much about theses socialist Party's but it seems to they are all in it for cheap brownie points they make my skin crawl. they didn't give a **** to what was happening to the people on the levels until it was getting near London now they are all trying to jump well as far as I am concern listen to what the people are saying they no the land/area better than you pen pusher you need to learn to walk before you can jump I am sick of you falling over each other bloody pull your fingers out and HELP these people !!!!!
I just have to post one more......
Well put to the Quoted Post above. !!!!!!
As I said, I was by coincidence out @ moorland yesterday! see my Facebook page for pictures! talking with Dave @ the Pub, when three cars pulled onto the ltd pub Car park, 3 Drivers, ladies got out. Locked the vehicles, without a bye or leave to The Landlord, walked off towards The moorland pumping Station, ignoring our Comments re parking !!!! Some 15 Mins later they returned, having parked in front of Pallets of sandbags and other Flood relieve Piping etc, as the EA were using the Car Park as a supply staging area.
So jokingly, I told them that the vehicles would cost, a contribution to the Flood Relief Fund, fell on Deaf ears,!!!!! so I pursued my enquiry as to who they were, Journalist, Reporter, again no response, so now I' m more intrigued. Eventually after deflecting more direct questions from myself, they admitted they worked for Ed MILIBAND, they were the advance party, checking out the Ground. As he was due on our patch! I enquired, as to why the Blithering idiot was coming today, ( as a Former District Tory Cllr) I couldn't help myself........
By epic coincidence and perfect timing Iain Liddell-Grainger was in the Village as he's been a regular, during this crisis, approached the pub from that direction, greeted myself! and when I told him Miliband was on the patch for a Publicity Op.......... He got out of his car with perfect timing to Confront , Greet and Welcome Ed M and the Local Labour Contingent , who were gathering around their, Leader, Cllrs Leary, and Julian Taylor, himself a flooded house victim. Again, as all those whose lives are in turmoil, I feel for all. !!!!
However, we have had , N Farage UKIP, all and Sundry visiting, electioneering photo Ops, adding NOTHING to the FLOOD aid, in Financial or Support, Just to be able to say they , came They saw they did nothing!!!
Well that's my take on the serious situation......here in Somerset !!
Miliband, had notified the MAIN news Team, so that his Visit was on Lunchtime News Yesterday...........
Typical . What did he have to say, nothing that has not been said already, of course the insurance Companies must pay out Claims ASAP. But how an they until the extent of each individual Claim is assessed by the Underwriters........
.most of the bungalows are still under 2 ft
Of water still.
Ed, Take your Wellies of, Get out of our County, he up the Motorway, "Get Off Our Moor " one more thing, the three lasses, with the Cars, when I obviously told them my Political Preferences , we were exchanging banter, I passed a Comment on their New Hunter Expensive Wellies ???? " Saying that they would be alright for the Summer Glastonbury Pilton Festival," Surprise, Surprise, these Young ladies! aged Guess 23- 26, did not know as to what I was referring. Uh !!!!! I had to explain that it is the Biggest Pop Event in the World, now.
Good job. I didn't mention, that normally in the Flooded Fields, we normally have Cows And Sheep grazing.......!!!!!!
!!!!!

Oh the Youth of 2 day, straight out of University, with a Politics Degree, and little experience of the Real world, outside the M25 and Central London.

God help us All !!!!!! Because Labour Will Not...!!! Still maybe labour will form a Co-allusion, (Oops But Perhaps the IPad predictive Text is correct )Reread.
With the Somerset S Party.
Then I really will know the Worlds Gone Crazy !!!!!
David L Preece
Blue - Owl
[quote][p][bold]ladybird14[/bold] wrote: I don't know much about theses socialist Party's but it seems to they are all in it for cheap brownie points they make my skin crawl. they didn't give a **** to what was happening to the people on the levels until it was getting near London now they are all trying to jump well as far as I am concern listen to what the people are saying they no the land/area better than you pen pusher you need to learn to walk before you can jump I am sick of you falling over each other bloody pull your fingers out and HELP these people !!!!![/p][/quote]I just have to post one more...... Well put to the Quoted Post above. !!!!!! As I said, I was by coincidence out @ moorland yesterday! see my Facebook page for pictures! talking with Dave @ the Pub, when three cars pulled onto the ltd pub Car park, 3 Drivers, ladies got out. Locked the vehicles, without a bye or leave to The Landlord, walked off towards The moorland pumping Station, ignoring our Comments re parking !!!! Some 15 Mins later they returned, having parked in front of Pallets of sandbags and other Flood relieve Piping etc, as the EA were using the Car Park as a supply staging area. So jokingly, I told them that the vehicles would cost, a contribution to the Flood Relief Fund, fell on Deaf ears,!!!!! so I pursued my enquiry as to who they were, Journalist, Reporter, again no response, so now I' m more intrigued. Eventually after deflecting more direct questions from myself, they admitted they worked for Ed MILIBAND, they were the advance party, checking out the Ground. As he was due on our patch! I enquired, as to why the Blithering idiot was coming today, ( as a Former District Tory Cllr) I couldn't help myself........ By epic coincidence and perfect timing Iain Liddell-Grainger was in the Village as he's been a regular, during this crisis, approached the pub from that direction, greeted myself! and when I told him Miliband was on the patch for a Publicity Op.......... He got out of his car with perfect timing to Confront , Greet and Welcome Ed M and the Local Labour Contingent , who were gathering around their, Leader, Cllrs Leary, and Julian Taylor, himself a flooded house victim. Again, as all those whose lives are in turmoil, I feel for all. !!!! However, we have had , N Farage UKIP, all and Sundry visiting, electioneering photo Ops, adding NOTHING to the FLOOD aid, in Financial or Support, Just to be able to say they , came They saw they did nothing!!! Well that's my take on the serious situation......here in Somerset !! Miliband, had notified the MAIN news Team, so that his Visit was on Lunchtime News Yesterday........... Typical . What did he have to say, nothing that has not been said already, of course the insurance Companies must pay out Claims ASAP. But how an they until the extent of each individual Claim is assessed by the Underwriters........ .most of the bungalows are still under 2 ft Of water still. Ed, Take your Wellies of, Get out of our County, he up the Motorway, "Get Off Our Moor " one more thing, the three lasses, with the Cars, when I obviously told them my Political Preferences , we were exchanging banter, I passed a Comment on their New Hunter Expensive Wellies ???? " Saying that they would be alright for the Summer Glastonbury Pilton Festival," Surprise, Surprise, these Young ladies! aged Guess 23- 26, did not know as to what I was referring. Uh !!!!! I had to explain that it is the Biggest Pop Event in the World, now. Good job. I didn't mention, that normally in the Flooded Fields, we normally have Cows And Sheep grazing.......!!!!!! !!!!! Oh the Youth of 2 day, straight out of University, with a Politics Degree, and little experience of the Real world, outside the M25 and Central London. God help us All !!!!!! Because Labour Will Not...!!! Still maybe labour will form a Co-allusion, (Oops But Perhaps the IPad predictive Text is correct )Reread. With the Somerset S Party. Then I really will know the Worlds Gone Crazy !!!!! David L Preece Blue - Owl Blue Owl
  • Score: -2

9:56am Wed 19 Feb 14

Blue Owl says...

Apologise for the Multiple Posts the same Above the IPad post comment Touch screen has a mind of its own.....
No, I haven't been on the Red Wine Yet, Never B 4 The Sun is above the " Yard Arm Somewhere !!! HIC ? Cheeeers. Brel -work
David
Blue-Owl
A little Humour, in this Bleak Period !!!
Apologise for the Multiple Posts the same Above the IPad post comment Touch screen has a mind of its own..... No, I haven't been on the Red Wine Yet, Never B 4 The Sun is above the " Yard Arm Somewhere !!! HIC ? Cheeeers. Brel -work David Blue-Owl A little Humour, in this Bleak Period !!! Blue Owl
  • Score: -1

4:16pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Incognito! says...

Floods chaos: End cuts now!

The misery continues. As we go to press there are still 118 flood warnings and 166 flood alerts. Four people have died.

Thousands of houses and properties are under water. Sinkholes also pose a threat. And the Environment Agency (EA) has highlighted the problem of ground water, meaning saturation can prolong flooding even when the rain has eased.

With the flood waters that are devastating lives across the country come revelations about the reality of Con-Dem Britain.

Firstly and unquestionably the floods have shown again that the Coalition spending cuts are a disaster.

This is not news to the millions of people whose lives have been devastated by job cuts, benefit cuts, or service cuts.

The GMB union explained that the current flooding crisis is due to "successive years of central government cuts that have trimmed maintenance budgets and staff levels to unsustainable levels."

Since the government came to power the EA capital budget has been cut by a whopping 28%.

On top of the job cuts at the EA, the Guardian has revealed that "flood-stricken communities, including the Somerset Levels, have been left without planned defences following government funding cuts".

A Panorama programme reported that a £256 million scheme to protect towns flooded by the Thames may never be built. See pages 6 and 7 for more on the impact of spending cuts.

Attempting to dodge some of the odium coming his way Prime Minister David Cameron let the cat out of the bag.

Rather than the usual insistence on 'difficult decisions' and 'belt-tightening', he said: "Money is no object in this relief effort, whatever money is needed for it will be spent."

Despite the "no blank cheque" backtracking attempts, Cameron's "we are a wealthy country" claim reveals that when the pressure on government is urgent enough, particularly when it could threaten Tory votes, the money can be found. So why not for the bedroom tax? Why not for investment in jobs for young people?

Trade union and anti-cuts meetings must discuss how Cameron and all the cuts-supporting parties can be made to feel people's anger.

Cameron's comments drive home what we already knew - that 'money is no object' for certain items. Look at the enthusiasm there is for spending £2.5 billion on F-35 fighter jets and the annual cuts to corporation tax, benefiting the super-rich bosses in the arms industry, banks and big business.

The PCS union estimates that £120 billion is lost every year through tax evasion and avoidance mainly by the same super-rich elite.

A reported 98 of the top 100 companies on the FTSE stock exchange, firms such as Tesco and Barclays, are using tax havens.

If the unpaid taxes of the super-rich and big corporations were collected the deficit could be wiped out.

That money, and what could come from the nationalisation of the banking industry and other measures, could reverse the cuts and fund quality flood defences.

The best way to ensure 'money is no object' when it comes to our jobs, pay, pensions, benefits and services is for our collective pressure to be asserted on the Coalition - most effectively through the calling of a 24-hour general strike.

Linked to this must be the fight for no cuts and socialist change so society is democratically organised and planned around all our needs, including the long-term safe-guarding of the environment.

Floods put Tories on the rocks

The floods are showing that people are angry. A ComRes poll found that nearly three-quarters of people said the Coalition didn't appear to be in control of the situation.

Rising water has exposed the fury against a pampered elite in Westminster that continues to simmer below the surface.

A BBC Question Time audience in Scunthorpe raged against a millionaires' government that had only sprang into action when the floods hit the wealthy shires.

In the South East working class communities booed the Westminster 'wallies in wellies' for neglecting them.

The floods have given the lie to the Con-Dems constant claim that the private sector does it better and that shrinking government is the way forward.

As Jonathon Freedland put it in the Guardian: "Small-government ideology may fly in the think-tank seminar room, but when water's gushing through your letterbox, few people call for the Downing Street nudge unit." And that will probably, unusually, include some of the owners of riverside mansions.

Properly funded public services are vital for the running of society. Socialists also say they should be democratically run to meet the needs of all.

Richard Ashley, Professor of Urban Water at the University of Sheffield, said the findings of his report on flooding risk for the Labour government in 2004 have been ignored.

He correctly wrote in the Independent that "the situation in England is a systemic failure to take a longer-term and strategic approach to environmental hazards".

Ashley highlighted how pro-capitalist governments kowtow to the demands of big business to the detriment of the rest of us. "Fierce lobbying" by the building corporations delayed "the commencement of Schedule 3 of the Flood and Water Management Act, which sets out how sustainable drainage systems were to be used and maintained in all new developments." Last year local councils allowed almost 90 planning developments to proceed in areas at such risk of flooding that the EA formally opposed them, according to the Independent on Sunday.

Of course the short-sightedness is not helped by the climate change scepticism that has run deep in what was promised to be the 'greenest government ever'.

Environment minister and professed sceptic Owen Patterson has cut the number of climate change advisers in the department from 38 to six and halved the funding for research into climate change.

Both Tory and Ukip groups in the European Parliament abstained on a 2012 motion on the implementation of EU water legislation.

It was designed to tackle the "rise in the frequency and intensity of floods" with "adaptation and mitigation policies".

The vote emphasised "the importance of risk prevention, mitigation and response strategies to prevent water-related extreme phenomena".

Con-Dem seats under threat

But many people are drawing the opposite conclusion. A YouGov survey found that the number of people who think that the 'environment' is the biggest cause of concern has jumped from 6% to 23% in a month.

There are also predictions that the floods could further erode the Tories' electoral chances - after all many of the areas hit have been Tory-voting.

According to the Times, of the 40 most marginal seats held by the Tories, 15 have been affected by the weather. Lib Dem seats are similarly affected.

Labour leader Ed Miliband asked if Cameron was "reconsidering the redundancies" in the EA. Does this signify an anti-cuts stance? No.

Labour remains committed to Tory spending plans. Labour-led councils are busy voting through millions of pounds of more cuts.

And, indicating Labour's commitment to capitalism, a European election candidate has even advised Miliband to "hug a banker" in the week big-bonus Barclays announces thousands of job cuts. Labour offers no alternative to the cuts Coalition.

The floods expose the blind, chaotic nature of the capitalist system and its inability to deal with crisis.

As we wrote of the hundreds of thousands of victims of Bush's handling of Hurricane Katrina, the suffering of the flood victims "is a monument to a blighted system".

In 2006 we contrasted "the lack of preparation, the inaction, inefficiency and corruption" in the US authorities to the "actions of Cuba, where the hurricanes' effects were mitigated through the voluntary movement of a million people before the hurricane struck.

"One system is unplanned and based on the interests of the propertied classes. The other, although unfortunately not a democratic workers' state, still has the outline of a planned economy, which makes it possible to lessen the impact of natural disasters."

This is the key revelation of the floods - an unplanned system run in the interests of the 1% will lead to misery for the mass of the population.

Although future weather cannot be exactly predicted, adequate investment in research, public services, defences and other measures can mean weather doesn't have to cause such suffering.

But that requires a system with the key sectors of the economy publicly owned and planned under democratic workers' control and management - a socialist system.

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Floods chaos: End cuts now! The misery continues. As we go to press there are still 118 flood warnings and 166 flood alerts. Four people have died. Thousands of houses and properties are under water. Sinkholes also pose a threat. And the Environment Agency (EA) has highlighted the problem of ground water, meaning saturation can prolong flooding even when the rain has eased. With the flood waters that are devastating lives across the country come revelations about the reality of Con-Dem Britain. Firstly and unquestionably the floods have shown again that the Coalition spending cuts are a disaster. This is not news to the millions of people whose lives have been devastated by job cuts, benefit cuts, or service cuts. The GMB union explained that the current flooding crisis is due to "successive years of central government cuts that have trimmed maintenance budgets and staff levels to unsustainable levels." Since the government came to power the EA capital budget has been cut by a whopping 28%. On top of the job cuts at the EA, the Guardian has revealed that "flood-stricken communities, including the Somerset Levels, have been left without planned defences following government funding cuts". A Panorama programme reported that a £256 million scheme to protect towns flooded by the Thames may never be built. See pages 6 and 7 for more on the impact of spending cuts. Attempting to dodge some of the odium coming his way Prime Minister David Cameron let the cat out of the bag. Rather than the usual insistence on 'difficult decisions' and 'belt-tightening', he said: "Money is no object in this relief effort, whatever money is needed for it will be spent." Despite the "no blank cheque" backtracking attempts, Cameron's "we are a wealthy country" claim reveals that when the pressure on government is urgent enough, particularly when it could threaten Tory votes, the money can be found. So why not for the bedroom tax? Why not for investment in jobs for young people? Trade union and anti-cuts meetings must discuss how Cameron and all the cuts-supporting parties can be made to feel people's anger. Cameron's comments drive home what we already knew - that 'money is no object' for certain items. Look at the enthusiasm there is for spending £2.5 billion on F-35 fighter jets and the annual cuts to corporation tax, benefiting the super-rich bosses in the arms industry, banks and big business. The PCS union estimates that £120 billion is lost every year through tax evasion and avoidance mainly by the same super-rich elite. A reported 98 of the top 100 companies on the FTSE stock exchange, firms such as Tesco and Barclays, are using tax havens. If the unpaid taxes of the super-rich and big corporations were collected the deficit could be wiped out. That money, and what could come from the nationalisation of the banking industry and other measures, could reverse the cuts and fund quality flood defences. The best way to ensure 'money is no object' when it comes to our jobs, pay, pensions, benefits and services is for our collective pressure to be asserted on the Coalition - most effectively through the calling of a 24-hour general strike. Linked to this must be the fight for no cuts and socialist change so society is democratically organised and planned around all our needs, including the long-term safe-guarding of the environment. Floods put Tories on the rocks The floods are showing that people are angry. A ComRes poll found that nearly three-quarters of people said the Coalition didn't appear to be in control of the situation. Rising water has exposed the fury against a pampered elite in Westminster that continues to simmer below the surface. A BBC Question Time audience in Scunthorpe raged against a millionaires' government that had only sprang into action when the floods hit the wealthy shires. In the South East working class communities booed the Westminster 'wallies in wellies' for neglecting them. The floods have given the lie to the Con-Dems constant claim that the private sector does it better and that shrinking government is the way forward. As Jonathon Freedland put it in the Guardian: "Small-government ideology may fly in the think-tank seminar room, but when water's gushing through your letterbox, few people call for the Downing Street nudge unit." And that will probably, unusually, include some of the owners of riverside mansions. Properly funded public services are vital for the running of society. Socialists also say they should be democratically run to meet the needs of all. Richard Ashley, Professor of Urban Water at the University of Sheffield, said the findings of his report on flooding risk for the Labour government in 2004 have been ignored. He correctly wrote in the Independent that "the situation in England is a systemic failure to take a longer-term and strategic approach to environmental hazards". Ashley highlighted how pro-capitalist governments kowtow to the demands of big business to the detriment of the rest of us. "Fierce lobbying" by the building corporations delayed "the commencement of Schedule 3 of the Flood and Water Management Act, which sets out how sustainable drainage systems were to be used and maintained in all new developments." Last year local councils allowed almost 90 planning developments to proceed in areas at such risk of flooding that the EA formally opposed them, according to the Independent on Sunday. Of course the short-sightedness is not helped by the climate change scepticism that has run deep in what was promised to be the 'greenest government ever'. Environment minister and professed sceptic Owen Patterson has cut the number of climate change advisers in the department from 38 to six and halved the funding for research into climate change. Both Tory and Ukip groups in the European Parliament abstained on a 2012 motion on the implementation of EU water legislation. It was designed to tackle the "rise in the frequency and intensity of floods" with "adaptation and mitigation policies". The vote emphasised "the importance of risk prevention, mitigation and response strategies to prevent water-related extreme phenomena". Con-Dem seats under threat But many people are drawing the opposite conclusion. A YouGov survey found that the number of people who think that the 'environment' is the biggest cause of concern has jumped from 6% to 23% in a month. There are also predictions that the floods could further erode the Tories' electoral chances - after all many of the areas hit have been Tory-voting. According to the Times, of the 40 most marginal seats held by the Tories, 15 have been affected by the weather. Lib Dem seats are similarly affected. Labour leader Ed Miliband asked if Cameron was "reconsidering the redundancies" in the EA. Does this signify an anti-cuts stance? No. Labour remains committed to Tory spending plans. Labour-led councils are busy voting through millions of pounds of more cuts. And, indicating Labour's commitment to capitalism, a European election candidate has even advised Miliband to "hug a banker" in the week big-bonus Barclays announces thousands of job cuts. Labour offers no alternative to the cuts Coalition. The floods expose the blind, chaotic nature of the capitalist system and its inability to deal with crisis. As we wrote of the hundreds of thousands of victims of Bush's handling of Hurricane Katrina, the suffering of the flood victims "is a monument to a blighted system". In 2006 we contrasted "the lack of preparation, the inaction, inefficiency and corruption" in the US authorities to the "actions of Cuba, where the hurricanes' effects were mitigated through the voluntary movement of a million people before the hurricane struck. "One system is unplanned and based on the interests of the propertied classes. The other, although unfortunately not a democratic workers' state, still has the outline of a planned economy, which makes it possible to lessen the impact of natural disasters." This is the key revelation of the floods - an unplanned system run in the interests of the 1% will lead to misery for the mass of the population. Although future weather cannot be exactly predicted, adequate investment in research, public services, defences and other measures can mean weather doesn't have to cause such suffering. But that requires a system with the key sectors of the economy publicly owned and planned under democratic workers' control and management - a socialist system. Floods reveal rottenness of government cuts - see: http://www.socialist party.org.uk/issue/7 99/18165/19-02-2014/ floods-reveal-rotten ness-of-government-c uts For more information, or to join the Socialist Party, visit: www.socialistparty.o rg.uk Incognito!
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