Did the people of Somerset see the floods coming? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, the Sunday Telegraph’s Christopher Booker discusses why the Environment Agency was so ill prepared for the floods and ignorant towards the Somerset Levels. Was European Union regulation at fault? Would more dredging have totally prevented the floods? And has the Agency been as careless with their attitude towards the River Thames?

Cosmo Landesman also debates Mary Wakefield on whether he is a dirty old man. What now defines a ‘dirty old man’? Is it creepy for older gentlemen to compliment younger women? Are there more 50+ men who are remaining sexually active? Is it wrong for women reciprocate or should they ignore such advances?

Plus James Forsyth and Isabel Hardman discuss the political nature of the floods. How much of David Cameron’s future reputations hangs on his handling the crisis? How is he doing so far? And was it necessary for Ed Miliband to cancel his trip to the Middle East?

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Tags: Ed Miliband, environment agency, flooding, Somerset, UK politics