Monday, 10 February 2014

How water privatisation has worsened the effects of these floods.

It was manmade climate change wot done it. But human error - political error - has made it much worse...
It's time attention starts to turn to the nefarious effect that water privatisation on Britain's vulnerability to flooding has had, actively worsening flood conditions for many people. This was brilliantly exposed in the LRB, during the last truly 'biblical' (sic. - the days of 'natural disasters' are increasingly over; we live in the anthropocene, now...) floods: http://www.lrb.co.uk/v30/n15/james-meek/when-the-floods-came . Do read!
And the issue is back on the media's agenda, as this very recent Dispatches programme chillingly showed: http://www.channel4.com/programmes/dispatches/videos/all/floods-your-money-down-the-drain . Basically, the water companies have made vast profits - while reducing investment in flood-protection etc.
It is a classic story of the perils of privatisation of a natural monopoly.
We Greens think that it is high time the water fat-cats were expropriated - and then we can use that money to start to help ordinary people suffering from the weather chaos, instead!

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It was manmade climate change wot done it. But human error - political error - has made it much worse...
It's time attention starts to turn to the nefarious effect that water privatisation on Britain's vulnerability to flooding has had, actively worsening flood conditions for many people. This was brilliantly exposed in the LRB, during the last truly 'biblical' (sic. - the days of 'natural disasters' are increasingly over; we live in the anthropocene, now...) floods: http://www.lrb.co.uk/v30/n15/james-meek/when-the-floods-came . Do read!
And the issue is back on the media's agenda, as this very recent Dispatches programme chillingly showed: http://www.channel4.com/programmes/dispatches/videos/all/floods-your-money-down-the-drain . Basically, the water companies have made vast profits - while reducing investment in flood-protection etc.
It is a classic story of the perils of privatisation of a natural monopoly.
We Greens think that it is high time the water fat-cats were expropriated - and then we can use that money to start to help ordinary people suffering from the weather chaos, instead!
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