I noticed an advert the other day in which they were raising funds to help them deal with the aftermath of these floods
Surely this is evidence that the Police and Fire Brigade don’t have enough resources and simply cannot fulfil their statutory obligations.
Don’t get me wrong, the RNLI is a magnificent organization, or rather charity which I wholeheartedly support and have always donated to.
But it is a charity. And it’s a charity set up to rescue people ain difficulty at sea.
Who exactly is providing the volunteers for the lost RNLI station cover for a start.
They have no place in underwriting local authorities’ emergency services.
We can’t have charity running statutory services; they need to be provided by tax.
We pay more than enough tax which provide more than enough money to the government and local authorities to provide all the emergency service cover needed for this country.
If it was that big an emergency then there’s always the army.
The population is getting bigger, yet the Police and Fire Brigade are getting smaller. Work that one out.
They cut and cut the services and this is the result.
Well-meaning they are, but the RNLI have no place in this; they are simply subsidising the Fire Brigade and Police which we already pay for.
Worse still, they will let them. It becomes a kind of free overspill; why should the Fire Brigade have a reserve when they know people are going to join in for free.
If the emergency services haven’t got enough resources then it’s about time some of their commanders stood up and said so, publicly.
These people are all very good at towing the line and building ivory towers while they’re there, it’s only when they retire and have nothing to lose that they admit there are any problems
You have to step back and look at the bigger picture though, how it is they can get away with these cuts and insufficient cover.
You see what used to happen was that the Local Authorities would plan ahead and provide adequate emergency cover, for any eventuality or indeed worst case scenario.
Thus, always having enough reserves to cope.
But they don't work like that now, it's all about the budget and subsequently, when something fairly unusual happens they haven’t got the capacity or resources to deal with it.
The Fire Brigade in particular used to provide a level of cover which met the level of the highest recorded call outs at any one time. They then provided that level of cover, around the clock.
That was because they knew that level of call out could happen at any time of the day.
But they don’t do that now, there is no reserve. They plan for the mean or average demand, allegedly by ‘mapping’ the level of calls and try to ‘shadow’ the demand.
These ‘managers’, as they like to be known, are clearly banking on not having a disaster at night when they haven’t allowed for enough staff, as previously there was no demand.
But no worries, if they get caught out then that's exactly the ruse they'll use to cover themselves.
They will say that there was no data or evidence of a large scale event happening in the night and so it could not be planned for.
So what they do now is a kind of Gerry-mandering and distort the scale of the situation.
I know it’s massive to the people concerned, but come on, on the scale of things it was nothing. Localised flooding.
Look at what our country has endured in the past; look at disasters around the world and put it in to perspective.
Yet they make out it’s an exceptional, indeed they have a new term for it.
Thus it transpires that this sort of ‘event’ couldn’t be foreseen and that no service could ever possible hope to respond to it adequately.
Thereby both missing and indeed making the point that they have failed to plan sufficiently and specifically in order to cope, in the event of this sort of thing happening.
That’s the whole idea of Civil Defence planning.
I thought we lived in one of the richest nations in the world.
Yet here we are having to rely on charity to help deal with some floods.
Perhaps we can ask for foreign aid to help.
Ironically, perhaps we might get some money back from our donations to their flood relief schemes.