They are failing

PUBLISHED: 07:10 28 February 2014

In last week’s Journal, Hugo Swire MP lectured us all via his propaganda that it was of no use blaming anyone for the recent flooding impact.

I have always regarded Hugo Swire MP being in a parallel universe. Now I am convinced that he is.

Quite simply the Conservative-led coalition is to blame for the avoidable impact resulting in misery and heartache regarding the recent flooding.

After the floods of 2007, which claimed 13 lives and devastated parts of the country, the then Government asked Sir Michael Pitt to compile a report on flood defences. His report contained 92 proposals he said must be imposed, if communities are to be better protected.

The Labour Government imposed half of the proposals before they left office in May 2010. The Conservative scrapped the remainder when they took office. They also reduced the flood defence budget by £100million. A disaster was waiting to happen, and it did. Not just this winter but also the winter before.

Hugo Swire MP trumpeted the fact that David Cameron had cancelled an overseas trip to visit flooded areas in England. Where was he at the end of 2012 when the Somerset Levels flooded? Where was the Army? It was only when the Conservative heartland of the Thames Valley flooded that Forces personnel were involved.

Nearer to home, it was reported in last week’s Journal that our Conservative deputy mayor Bill Nash stated at a planning meeting recently regarding the Premier Inn, that the road in front of the proposed development site never floods and never will.

What evidence does he have to support his claim when the road in question has been closed on numerous occasions over recent years, due to either flooding or sand ingress?

I implore voters to remember recent events when the next election comes around, local or general. Not just the flooding but why more food banks are donating more food to more people. Please remember also the majority of work related benefits are paid to people who are in work on low, part-time pay and zero hours contracts. High cost of living, combined with low wages results in misery.

Getting rid of the Davey Court old people’s home seems like a good idea to the Conservatives.

The Conservative Party is known as the “Nasty Party” for very good reasons.

For years and years, when in power, they “stick the boot” into the working people resulting in the situation we now find ourselves in.

I cannot be the only person in the area thoroughly fed up with what these charlatans are doing. At every level, they are failing, town council, ruining the seafront, East Devon District Council, allowing developers to do what they like and nationally by abandoning flood victims and hard working families.

They must go as soon as possible.

Philip Smith

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