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10 February 2014

1:47 PM

10 February 2014

1:47 PM

Nigel Farage has been warning of a ‘deluge’ for some time: it’s just that he was talking about migrants, not rivers. But the Ukip leader is never one to avoid capitalising on a crisis, so here he is yesterday, visiting flood-stricken Burrowbridge.

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After a hard day’s wading, there’s only one thing a chap can do:

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  • Terry Field

    Good old Nigel – at least he is not like the other bloodless political scumbags who grandstand over this set of largely avoidable tragedies.

  • BarkingAtTreehuggers

    Yes, this juvenile party-political taking of sides continues. What would Britain be without the imaginative ‘no, its the right’s fault, no it’s the left’s fault, no it’s the rights….’ ping pong? Would we actually do some work and get on with it?

    Merely to contrast some points in this blame game, the following must be heard – let’s summarise where we are today:

    1- Paterson has been relieved of his duties. His department, formerly
    known as ‘Dept for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’, will be
    renamed ‘Food Bank Dept’ – because that’s all he’s responsible for now.

    2- now a double-sized state is bashing its head in. Pickles
    (representative of the state run government) blames Smith
    (representative of the Quango-run government) and vice versa. Wow! What a
    show this is, chaps! Is this a Carry On parody or what? Stalin/Mao/Castro could
    not deliver a better comedy right now.

    Sort out the inaction.
    Sort out the overspend on unnecessary expenditure.
    Sort out your heads frankly.
    Make those who are responsible take responsibility.

    But the punters will understand that these ineptocrats cannot do
    that. They are centralist ineptocrats after all, sponging on public
    money from the regions, wasting it on their salaries, wasting it on a
    *double-sized* (Government+Quangos) state. No wonder we are broke. Our
    system is the wrong system. Change the system.

    We need to return to a system in which THE GOVERNMENT takes the responsibility for government action.

    • the viceroy’s gin

      …more confused and conflicted gibberish.

      Not much changed, eh, lad?

  • Colonel Mustard

    This puts a new perspective on the meaning of bilge.

  • James Allen

    Good for Nige….. come on UKIP!!!

  • saffrin

    The UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage calls for the formation of a new Civil Defence Corps that would use volunteers to help with the response to disasters and major emergencies.
    He added: “There are thousands of civil servants in Whitehall. It cannot be beyond the wit of man to arrange for a small number of them to run a civil defence contact point.”

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/ukip/10628600/Nigel-Farage-calls-for-new-Big-Society-volunteer-army-to-tackle-floods.html

    • James Allen

      They wouldn;t want to get their hands dirty (wet).

  • St Bruno

    Cnuts the lot of um.
    Tumbrils all round.

    • pedestrianblogger

      Make mine a large one.

      • http://ajbrenchley.com/ Swanky

        Make mine a large one, too ;^o

  • callingallcomets

    Hey – you are treading on Seb’s turf….he is one who does all the “tee hee, look at silly old UKIP” stories. Meanwhile Nigel scores points
    1.Actually dresses like a countryman and wears waders rather than wellies from central casting
    2.chats to a Sikh chap who has brought down some mates from his temple in Slough to help the locals rather than give PR puff to selected hacks
    3.Suggested a way to pay for massive works to lessen flood risk by not sending taxpayers money to corrupt third world regimes via bloated “charities” led by fatcat troughers

    Strange how a rather retro saloon bar eccentric is able to hit the spot while Cameron Clegg and Miliband, surrounded by legions of spin doctors are always 2/3 steps behind…

    • HookesLaw

      He dresses like a countryman? More like a character out of the ‘Art of Coarse Fishing’.

      Given that he wanted a photcall with him standing up to his waist in water he had to wear a set of off the shoulder waders.
      Strange how you have to invent your story to spare the silly looking idiot his blushes.
      What Farage does not suggest is how to stop flooding when there has been 5 months rain in two months onto already sodden land. What farage is doing is making cheap politics out of a disaster. A quick wade around and then the usual snap having a quick pint in the pub.

      As it is millions indeed billions are being spent on flood defences.

      • Alexsandr

        but has the flooding not been made worse because the vital infrastructure of the wetlands has not been maintained properly? The EA and responsible ministers should be made to answer why. If its EU regs say so so we know what we are dealing with
        But he EA has run a policy of do nothing with no debate or political accountability.
        In my dealings with themI have found them to be arrogant with a ‘this is how it is, like it or lump it’ attitude.

        • callingallcomets

          Thank you for your response to “Hookes”….I am always willing to reply to a balanced critique but refuse to dance to any tune piped by a troll

      • saffrin

        Well he still gets my vote whatever you try to make out of it.
        The facts are Nigel Farage isn’t in Government yet so couldn’t have and still can’t do anything about it now or before.
        What he does do however is come up with a solution that should have been thought of long before this disaster happened.

      • James Allen

        Rivers Parrett and Tone running at 40% capacity due to a lack of dredging, which costs a few million pounds to do, whilst tens of millions of pounds were spent nearby on building another “nature reserve” for birds (and yet, laughably, we hear that flooding on this scale is bad for birds too).

        What this shows is the pernicious and offensively stupid influence of “green groups” over the expenditure of taxpayers’ money.

        And yet you have the inanity, the sheer simple-mindedness, to complain about Farage’s visit to highlight what a catastrophically bad job the EA has done and what crazy priorities it has been allowed to pursue???? The old maxim rings true again: the more government tries to do (and the more money it is given to do it), the less capable government is of doing what it SHOULD be doing. So while Parliament debates an unworkable policy on smoking in cars, Somerset drowns.

        F**K Cameron and F**K you.

    • James Allen

      Remarkable, isn’t it? Despite our functioning democracy (give or take the odd postal vote), I actually think we’re worse represented now than at almost any other time since James II or Charles I; power split between hopelessly out-of-touch “royal” cliques with sycophantic courtiers (“evil counsellors”), powerful ties to European neighbours through family (Clegg), political expediency and shared sovereignty, layers of bureaucratic control, unlimited powers of personal patronage, overmighty Exchequer, weakened army, minimal local accountability etc etc.

  • Colonel Mustard

    Amusing how all the usual Labour trolls are desperately defending “independent” quango apparatchik Chris Smith.

    As they say – put a red rosette on a garden slug and Labourites would vote for it.

    • Nicholas chuzzlewit

      They made one of them their current leader!

    • Makroon

      That’s as maybe, but in times of yore, Englishmen knew how to unite and work to overcome crises.

      • the viceroy’s gin

        …well, thankfully, that’s all been detoxified out, thanks to your guy Dave.

      • Colonel Mustard

        I think it’s time Englishmen united and worked to overthrow the occupying forces.

  • allymax bruce

    Nigel, he’s a star. He’s the quintessential Englishman; he has a popular intrigue/attraction. I think he should do stand-up comedy; that would be a blast. He should make his own tv show.

    • Nicholas chuzzlewit

      Agreed. The Farage and Salmond show Christmas special.

      • Makroon

        With a chorus line of the two Eagles and one Sturgeon ?
        Farage looks as though he was told by a PR “expert” to go down to Somerset, but being a practical kind of bloke, he doesn’t really see the point in it.

    • CharlietheChump

      Mavbe two up with Frankie Boyle

    • http://ajbrenchley.com/ Swanky

      No, he should be Prime Minister.

  • Ricky Strong

    And rightly so. It gives him yet another chance to show how stupendously inept our whole political system is. Quite frankly it’s all becoming rather embarrassing with the inevitable slide into the blame game; sheer incompetency on all fronts.

    • Makroon

      You mean because Cameron, Miliband and Clegg couldn’t persuade the Gods of rain and wind to desist ? Grow up.

      • Ricky Strong

        Yes, that is precisely what I was alluding to. And thank you most kindly for the advice, I shall endeavour.

  • Rockin Ron

    Of course, over Christmas Cameron had to come on and say what a great job everyone was doing coping with the storms. Then he went to Kent to see for himself and got a mouthful from an angry resident. Dare, I say – Cameron is out of his depth!

    • Makroon

      Yalding floods at the mere mention of a shower, it is always flooding.
      Cameron was really stitched up by someone.

      • the viceroy’s gin

        …yes, poor Dave, it seems someone has stitched him up with an omnishambles of a government.

  • Ulysses Returns

    I have property in the Netherlands and have lived there off-and-on for over 35 years. On my (non-working) farm in Overijsel I am required to keep all the ditches bordering my fields clean and functional; these lead into bigger ditches which lead into the canal network feeding the rivers and enclosed Ijselmeer. All along the network are pumping stations and locks which manage the waterflow of this man-made country of which some 85% is below sea-level. A few years ago, the network was unable to manage with the heavy rains and the areas near me, around Zwolle on the Ijsel river, were flooded as were many other parts of the country. We did not see a succession of opportunistic politicians or members of the royal family sploshing about in wellies or waders and blaming everyone else for what has happened since time immemorial; people just calmly got on with the business of waiting for the rain to stop and water levels to go down.

    In this country, we allow a second-rate non-entity, ennobled because he was f*cking useless at being a politician to manage a huge budget and employ 12,000 pen-pushers to spend less money on maintaining a vital waterway than on their ridiculous Quango’s PR. We have egregious ladymen like that Eagles object on the Daily Politics defending one of her own and blaming this government for the continuance of a policy started under her previous government and managed by their placeman. In the meantime, in 21st century Britain, my crewman is stuck in Cornwall because a railway system built by our greatest ever engineer, Brunel, in Victorian England, is out of action because of bad weather.

    Back to the Netherlands for good I think.

    • Lady Magdalene

      Please don’t go. We need sensible people to stay and bring some common sense back to British politics.

      • Nicholas chuzzlewit

        Quite right your ladyship!

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      • BarkingAtTreehuggers

        There we have it, the word is out – you too noticed that the chap in the illustrations now dresses like a well-known trade unionist.

        • the viceroy’s gin

          …so it’s a disguise then, and he doesn’t want everybody to know who he is?

          Sounds familiar, eh, lad?

          • BarkingAtTreehuggers

            Must dash with a stash of taxpayers’ cash to get a hat looking like a lefty pr*t.

            • the viceroy’s gin

              …no, there’s no disguising it now, lad.

    • jack mustard

      Bye then.

    • GUBU

      ‘Egregious ladymen’?

      That tops references to the ‘Eagle brothers’ any day…

    • bugshead

      Excellent posting, will the last one out please turn off the lights and shove that cock-gobbler f**wit Smith into the nearest river

    • HookesLaw

      All you seem to be saying is that Holland floods as well. I doubt there is the lack of cpompassion or interst by the Dutch royal family that you imply.

    • Nicholas chuzzlewit

      No stay and defend this country from the influence of these leftist wasters.

    • Alexandrovich
    • Makroon

      Nice comment.
      Fortunately for them, the modern Dutch are a mite more stoical than our ‘blame game’ obsessed, whinging populace, and low-life, stirring journos, when faced with an act of God crisis.
      It has never occurred to them that it can also happen here.

      • the viceroy’s gin

        …yes and it can probably happen in Zimbabwe, too, so it’s a good thing your guy Dave sends them foreign aid to help Mugabe handle it. It’d be a darn shame if Mugabe couldn’t tap into the treasury, eh laddie? Better he gets it than the “whinging populace” in Somerset, right ? They should just shut up and be happy, eh lad?

    • James Allen

      Spot on. I feel physically sick when I read this stuff…. the savage waste of taxpayers’ money, the disgraceful enoblement of Party backsliders and incompetents, the oleginous bile pouring from Cameron and the other lickspittle pimps sitting in Cabinet – especially the turncoat Lib Dems with their European financial backers – as they dance the fool around the British public.

      UKIP is the closest thing we have to an answer. That and our own personal advocacy (remember: hope is for losers).

      VOTE UKIP!!!!

  • Lady Magdalene

    Oh dear. The Speccie is getting increasingly desperate; and so they should be.

    Environmental Policy is an EU (in)Competence. The Environment Agency has been getting its Orders from Brussels and it seems it has been carrying them out most assiduously – including the EU’s Floods Directive 2007 which specifically requires certain “floodplains” to be allowed to flood.
    Then there’s the utter shambles of the Conservatives response. Somerset has been flooded for a month, yet not one Minister put in an appearance until last week – and then (with the notable exception of Owen Paterson) just for a photo-op.
    Farage spent the day there. He also called for a small percentage of Cameron’s International Welfare Budget to be re-allocated to Somerset. Once again, he’s more in touch with public opinion than the morons in Westminster.

    • HookesLaw

      As I have pointed out on another thread, dredging and suchlike is not being prevented by the EU. It is in fact the UN which is urging action to protect wetlands.

    • Makroon

      Yawwwwnn,

  • Denis_Cooper

    As everybody else has been there I see no reason why Nigel Farage shouldn’t go there and get his photo taken and say his piece etc etc.

    • HookesLaw

      ‘Look at me I’m getting wet.’
      If his aim is to get his picture taken he has chosen the wrong photographer. Could he not find a half drowned baby to kiss whilst he was at it?

  • jason green

    One could never accuse Dave of trying to make political capital out of a crisis. That’s just not his style.

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