More personal views of the current chairman.
The Dutch shared a common flooding disaster with us back in 1953. Many folk died in both England and Holland.
Since then; the Dutch have spent about Euro 1Bn per year (in current money terms) on flood defenses (about £42 each) on clever long term thought-through flood defense works.
You may have seen one of their masterpieces on the TV last year when the Tour de France ended its second stage at the Delta Project (called Zelande in the Programme). This is well worth a visit if you are in that neck of the woods – about an hour’s drive north of Antwerp.
Anyway…… whilst our TV screens have been dominated day after day with sad tales of communities being disrupted by flooding, the Dutch have simple gone about their daily lives more or less as normal.
Their last major flood was in 1953.
Meanwhile, we have spent our treasure on building nuclear submarines, large aircraft carriers, fighting wars in the Middle East …… and watching communities (counties almost) drown year after year.
It is probably easier for the Dutch to organize themselves so well because they are not under the thumb of an arrogant London-centric establishment that has passed laws to prevent regional/local government from being able to plan and take actions to any meaningful degree.
This is a theme that I seem to return to over and over again.
No wonder that the Scots (and Welsh) want to break away.
Under our Tory Government and Tory-led Borough Council, we do not even seem able to organize ourselves sufficiently to revive the town centre of Hatfield.
Or to organize the building of sufficient new homes to enable our children and grand-children to put independent roofs over their heads at affordable prices.
Things do need to change to give us back the ability to set priorities and plan how to best use our resources.