Ripped from the Headlines: part onePosted: January 13, 2014
Click over to whatever website you visit most frequently to get news. Find the third headline on the page. Make sure that headline is in your post.
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Don’t know if people could guess yet, but I’m a Guardian reader 😉
The third headline on today’s front page is Drowning in money: the untold story of the crazy public spending that makes flooding inevitable.
This article goes on to posit that we as a nation are subsidising the very actions that are making the likelihood of flooding grater. Rather than listening to research that has been done worldwide, we continue to pander to industrialised farming practices that have been the cause of our previous floods.
After the 2007 flood work was being put forward to reverse the disastrous effect that tampering with the natural courses of rivers had caused, levies were being breached so that farmland rather than urbanised areas were getting the brunt of flooding. This was less disruptive, both financially and emotionally. Only land was affected and the loss to the farmers were much less than the loss to multiple families in towns and cities further down the river.
It’s disgusting that farmers in upland Wales who have found a way to farm sheep more sustainably and more ecologically by planting trees on the land will lose their common agricultural policy grants due to ‘unwanted vegetation’ and to qualify for the grant (an increased on at that) would be to clear the trees that they were given a grant to plant.
The obviousness of this governments policies in regard to wealthy landowners and entrenched privilege gets greater every day, this bias toward large farm owners who will get grants and protected status over the individual is disgusting. The individual has to sort their own problems out and get increased insurance premiums for an ‘act of god’ which could be alleviated with some effort and joined up thinking.
The governments response to all this? Cut the people that can monitor and measure what was happening, so out with Environment Agency staff so that they can do what business wants without interfering busy0bodies kicking up a stink.
I work in education and the obviousness of wanting to cut money from public services was shown there as well, before they started to cut money from the education system they ‘fixed’ some of the problems. The biggest problem was that the previous government had put in place a lot of different programmes that schools could be measured by; Health Schools and Every Child Matters being two that I was working on. Within months of this government getting in they were scrapped and replaced with extremely wishy-washy alternatives without much teeth and with local standards rather than national standards. Then the cuts began and it was hard to say what was happening as most of the systems of measuring performance had gone.
We need to realise what is happening and act as without this every scrap of equality and social good that has been fought for over the last hundred or so years will be gone and we will be back to living in a society as bad as the Victorian era.