Well ….the summer came to a thunderous end to-day, didn’t it, with the extensive flooding in many parts of Northern Ireland. I’ve just spent a concerned 70 minutes as the storm rolled over my part of our little green country and I count myself darned lucky that the drains held up to the onslaught. My sympathies are with those less fortunate.
You can pick up on many photos of the floods at numerous sites but start here:
And one amazing thing I’ve just noticed on the BBC evening news is the use of video phone footage sent in by ordinary people. Wow… aren’t communications getting amazingly fast.
But… here’s a thing that I’m wrestling with just a little bit. The airways are hot with news pundits attacking government spokespeople about the floods and asking, “Why did you not do more?” Is that a helpful question? What happened the concept of “act of God”? Let’s face it, our political leaders can barely take care of the mundane things – like agreeing they can take off their coats in Stormont during exceptionally hot weather – without a fight! What chance have they of organising something to take on an “act of God”? When the sky decides to dump so much water on one place in a very short time who do you want helping out – a six foot tall fireman with a manual pump or a weedy, politician who’s spent too much time in the Stormont restaurant? If it’s the former, what’s the point of the pundits asking politicians why they weren’t there? Who cares where they are unless they have a shovel in on ehand and a mop in the other!
I figure the questions by the media to our political leaders should have been something like,
“What are you doing to help those who’ve been hit by the floods?”
“How much aid do you intend to give to the poorest uninsured householders?”
“How do you intend to gather the lessons from these floods to prevent this happening again?”
WHat questions would you have liked to see asked?
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