I just love the comment invariably made by politicians and experts after disasters strike - ''lessons have been learned'!.
What lessons did they learn about the Somerset levels - things worked pretty well for hundreds of years, with locals knowing full well what the problems were, and how to resolve them - then the experts appeared - the Environment Agency. Led by failed politician, Mrs Young ( I won't honour her with a title), who was head of the Royal Society for Birds, they thought it would be a good idea to spend millions on a bird sanctuary, and encourage farmers to turn their fields into 'wetlands'
Has she, in hindsight, learnt any lesson?
Now run by another failed politician, Chris Smith, (again, no title), what did he ever know about the needs of areas like Somerset, and the Thames Valley?
Has he learned lessons?
Perhaps we should send all the buggers back to school before we let them loose on Quangoes where they have absolutely zero knowledge?
Apologies for language!