What the authorities won’t tell you about the floods

Like it or not, pernicious EU regulations and directives are EVERYWHERE . . .

NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT

Guest Post by Philip Walling

Author of Counting Sheep, Philip Walling

Author of Counting Sheep, Philip Walling

This article was originally published in the Newcastle Journal earlier this month:

Amid all the devastation and recrimination over the floods in Cumbria hardly anybody mentions one factor that may not be the sole cause, but certainly hasn’t helped, and that is the almost complete cessation of dredging of our rivers since we were required to accept the European Water Framework Directive (EWF) into UK law in 2000.
Yet until then, for all of recorded history, it almost went without saying that a watercourse needed to be big enough to take any water that flowed into it, otherwise it would overflow and inundate the surrounding land and houses. Every civilisation has known that, except apparently ours. It is just common sense. City authorities and, before them, manors and towns and villages, organised themselves to make sure their watercourses were…

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