February 7th, 2014

WATCH: Chris Smith: I Will Not Resign


207 Comments

  1. 1
    Capt Apollo says:

    of course he won’t, a Labour politician do the proper thing and fall on his sword? not in this day and age

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  2. 2
    Anonymous says:

    Of course the flooding has nothing to do with less cash available due to cuts.

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    • 15

      The flooding is mainly to do with ecoloons stealthily returning the area to swamp. When an organisation spends as much on food and travel as it does on doing its job of flood protection, someone needs an arse-kicking.

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    • 27
      Anonymous says:

      Err, how did the cuts stop dredging over the last 20 years?

      Like trying to blame the Tories for Stafford, you are Andy Burnham and I claim my £5

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    • 41
      The Ecoloon Agency says:

      Correct is was nothing to with less cash.

      It was a deliberate act of destruction to stop dredging the drainage channels on the levels, with the intention of creating marshland.

      A combination of EU diktats and unaccountability within the EA to both the public and parliament.

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      • 126
        The Critic says:

        THE EA answers to DEFRA ultimately. Ministers would quite like you not to know that.

        The EA got governement funding of over 700 million and a further 500 million in charges. I think I could show them how to get by on 1200 milliona year.

        Chris Smith was very proud that he managed to get ‘free’ admission to Museums in 2000. What he did not tell us was that government funding to Museums had to be increased to cover the shortfall in income.

        Could not manage a whelk stall,no idea about financing anything.

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        • 163
          Llareggub says:

          We used to get some great exhibitions at the National Museum of Wales, while they still charged for entry. Now, they rarely do much except shuffle their art collection around. Stimulating exhibitions cost money, and if the museum won’t earn a penny, regardless of how good it is, why bother?

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      • 138
        Wildlife before homes ok ..now stop complaining says:

        The wild life lobby put pressure on the EA to curtail the dredging NOT cuts as they wanted creation of marshland for over wintering birds.

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        • 201
          Anonymous says:

          don’t forget all the housing that has had to be built in the yeo and brue valleys dictated by London

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    • 86
      M­a­­q­­­­bo­­ul says:

      Might have a little to do with the fact that rainfall in January was 250% higher than the average; clearly Margaret Thatcher’s fault.

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      • 146
        Twampersand says:

        2 and a half times doesn’t sound as impressive, does it? Any decent system should have more than just over double normal capacity. A lot more.

        The main predictable quality of weather is that it is unpredictable. Therefore one must learn to expect the unexpected and plan accordingly.

        Thatcher is at fault, most certainly. And Heath, Major, Blair, Brown and Cameron. All of them have allowed the EU to rob us blind, have depleted our infrastructure, have invested in vanity projects, have been politically spiteful for their self satisfaction, have pissed money on war and foreigners that should have ben left in the pockets of the British at best, at worst at least spent on the people it was forcibly extracted from, all of them are traitors, signing awat British sovereignty so that EU regs are now literally drowning the UK in a tidal wave of regulation. They are liars, arseholes and perverts.

        Every last one, that horrid bitch Thatcher included.

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        • 165
          Llareggub says:

          Okay. Should we prepare for hurricanes, earthquakes and meteorites, expecting the unexpected, and all that?

          Oh, by the way, you forgot to explain who’s going to pay for all these defences that are likely never to be used. I certainly don’t want to be handing over everything I earn to ensure people hundreds of miles away aren’t inconvenienced once a century.

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          • Twampersand says:

            You already are handing over vast sums to people hundreds of miles away for all sorts of insane projects that will benefit no one except the crooks involved in them – 50 million quid A DAY, EVERY DAY, FOR DECADES, in the form of the UK contribution to the EU.

            We could use that. Or the 11 billion A YEAR, EVERY YEAR, FOR DECADES, we piss away in places like India and Pakistain so they can have nuclear weapons and space ships.

            People like you, selfish, shortsighted, me, me, me; that’s why people like Smith exist.

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          • I live on a mountain. Never been affected by flooding in my life.

            If you will buy a house on a flood plain …

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          • Llareggub says:

            Twampersand: That the government is a genius for pissing my children’s inheritance against the wall is no reason for me to allow them to piss twice as much of it against the wall.

            I have no doubt the government is capable of squandering every penny I’ve got. And then where would my family’s food come from?

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          • Mrs Havisham says:

            But it won’t be just once a century I think. There have been many floods over the past 20 years, these are the worst but it appears to be a trend.

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  3. 4
    Steve Miliband says:

    He was really pissed off – no Quinoa in Somerset

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  4. 5

    All he needs now is Dave’s “support”and he’s a dead man walking.

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  5. 6
    Paniagua V5.1 says:

    Can Bo Selecta please take that mask off? its the worst one he’s had on by far.

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  6. 7
    william says:

    An alumnus of Queen’s College, Cambridge.

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  7. 12
    Eeyore says:

    What WERE his handlers doing, allowing an uncontrolled interview like that? Tea’n’coffee for hacks seated in the village hall, proper chairmanship of a civilised media conference and he might, just, have come out of it looking dignified and in control of the national situation, rather than cornered, out of touch, detached and smug.

    I’d be delighted to see that back of him. I don’t share his politics or another of his orientations and think he’s a waste of space, an old New Labour hack put out to grass in an obscure sinecure. Time for us to get paybackfor his support of the despicable Bliar/Brown cabal, methinks.

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  8. 13
    Genghiz the kahn says:

    So other than a Cambridge degree in English, what else qualified Chris Smith for a job with The Environment Agency?

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  9. 14
    Ed Moribund says:

    Its been waining for quite some time. Tomowwow is forecast for more weign.
    When will the pwime minister stop this weign?

    Wesign! Weasign!

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    • 172
      Ed Balls says:

      Can I jus’ say this: my gov’men’ — I mean, Ed Miliband’s gov’men’ — will immeja’ly legisla’ ta rejuice the rainfall by twen’y percen’.

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  10. 17
    Sir William Waide says:

    ++++Chris Smith futures ‘underwater’ says Bloomberg++++5000 EA desk-jockeys to be repaced by three men with dredger++++outlook ‘further storms’

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  11. 18
    Finbarr Saunders says:

    Offfered him a ride..

    Fnar, fnar…

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    Sally *Swallows* Bercow says:

    no more than you’d expect from a Quango Queen

    now where’s John hidden the Chardonay

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    • 35
      CARBON FOOTPRINT says:

      The disease ridden pervert probably thinks that dredging is something to do with rent boys lower intestines!!

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    • 38
      Squeaker's Dad says:

      He’s finishing the night shift in my cab

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    • 144
      Chris Smith says:

      I am the quango queen, old but sweet, like them seventeen
      Quango queen, feel the balls of a libertine (oh yeah!)
      I can duck, I can dive, having the time of my life (ooh, ooh, ooo)
      See me “girl”, watch that scene, (no diggin’) the quango queen

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  14. 30
    Chris the Goueen Smith says:

    Find me a tree of hug please

    Prince Charles can accompany me

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  15. 36
    Whankey Baboon says:

    Of course he shouldn’t resign.
    Like a good little boy, He’s been following our orders detailed in Agenda 21.

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  16. 48
    John Renta Tool says:

    I deserve a life peerage more than this penguin

    I need it before Chilcot is published

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  17. 50
    Casual Observer 6 says:

    He should resign – or be pushed out, by the end of the month.

    There should be an investigation to look into possible collusion between those running the environment agency and the insurance industry, as the only folk to benefit from the flooding are those who will be determining flood risk and premiums for such coverage.

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  18. 52
    Julia Middleton says:

    Sterling work. Acting beyond authority.

    Also acting beyond his competence level, but as long as the other-people’s-money and additional comfy sinecures keep rolling in, who gives a shit.

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  19. 53

    This is getting beyond a joke!

    This country needs proper flood defences putting in place asap, we have a surplus of man power (2.3 million unemployed) and £11Bn we give away in foreign aid to countries who don’t need it. When will some troughing twat in the House of Cυnts wake the fuck up and so something?

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    • 66
      Casual Observer 6 says:

      No – they just need to resume the basic waterway management practices which were developed over the past few hundred years, and comprehensively abandoned since Lisbon was signed.

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      • 132
        The Critic says:

        Quite agree. Medieval farmers figured it out. Still why worry about the inconvenience to a few Englanders-nothing to worry about in the grand scheme of things

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    • 78
      Norman Tebbit says:

      The 2.3 million should get on their bikes and cycle to Cornwall.

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    • 207
      The Dark Knight (And Getting Darker) says:

      What about the MPs & Lords Pension Funds this must be in the Millions if not the Billions by now, can this not be used to pay for flood defences, they have sat on their hands taking their large Salaries doing nothing, they say our Pensioners can survive on the meager pensions given to them, see if this lot can survive on this as well, the massive pension would appear to be all the MPs sign up for these days it is certainly not for the good of their Electorate anymore.

      Perhaps David Cameron will stop spinning for a moment and implement this suggestion

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  20. 54
    Smith and Guido are from the same plastic floater says:

    A ring of journalist surrounding and protecting a thing of blubber from London. If they vanished we will put him to rights.

    We have not forgotten Judge Jeffreys.

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  21. 56
    Sir William Waide says:

    Westminster once consisted of a couple of small islands surrounded by the Thames and by marshland that flooded every winter. Shouldn’t we allow it to revert to its natural state?

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  22. 59
    P l e b says:

    Madinah – A school set up by people with little experience of schooling, in a building which was not designed as a school, with teachers who were not qualified to teach – what could possibly go wrong??

    Well, millions of tax payers money down the drain to support Michael Gove’s pet ideological project is what’s gone wrong

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    • 73
      Carry Hole is a porcine homunculus says:

      I thought you were on about the state “system” there.
      >people with little experience of schooling
      Teacher training colleges
      >building which was not designed as a school,
      70s architects can’t bury their mistakes
      >teachers who were not qualified to teach
      Those that can, do etc.

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    • 75
      The NUTs says:

      You are so right.
      Education in this country is brilliant.
      We should leave it exactly as it is and pay teachers much more and give them longer holidays as a thank you.

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    • 82
      CoE says:

      Its a mussie school. maybe that is the reason.

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    • 88
      Russell Hobbs says:

      Well that free school was a rip roaring success, wonder how much money went down the drain on that failure?

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      • 102
        The public says:

        Are all non-free state schools rip roaring successes?
        Not the ones in your head. But the real ones?

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        • 183
          Llareggub says:

          At my comprehensive, the number of children receiving 5 GCSE’s, including maths and English, at grade C or more, rose from 40 percent to 60 in a single year, the year it became an academy. Then it went up again the following year.

          40 percent! To have 3 out of every 5 children fail to achieve an average score in 5 exams is pathetic! Inexcusable!

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    • 94
      i don't n eed no doctor says:

      59. Do you know why your name is Pleb?

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    JAck says:

    And why is this bloated Agency not part of the Ministry?

    To find a suitable fuse to blow when shit hits fan?

    WTF is the Minister doing?

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  25. 71
    Persona non grata says:

    It goes like that: (my own quickie rough translation from German)

    Hello?

    This is Helga. I wanted to tell you in confidence that the Americans are going around saying that we are too weak and that their stance is stronger on sanctions. I spoke with Cathy and we are on the same line which we have to prepare in a very intelligent way, as we have already discussed it, but you need to know that we are very angry at the Americans for accusing the EU of being too soft, they have said so to reporters. Maybe you could tell the US Ambassador that we are not soft at all and that we have recently come up with a strong statement about Bulatov (inaudible). It makes me angry that the media here says that the US is on the side of freedom.

    But Helga you need to realize that we are not in a competition to see how will make the strongest statement…we have other instruments… it is good that…

    But you have to see that I don’t want Cathy to be hurt or stuck into a corner as this would take on a different political meaning. Cathy will raise this issue with Kerry and I want you to know that while we are not in a competition it is very unfair on their part to spread such things

    Let me tell you that I have learned just a few minutes ago that the opposition will make a new offer to the President and I will immediately write that to Cathy and to you.

    Okay thanks!

    Thanks bye!

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  26. 74
    altruism in industry says:

    compare Cameron’s speech about the wonderful, brave, creative people who inhabit the Kingdom with the fuckwit Smith.

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  27. 76
    William Hague says:

    The flooding in Somerset is a direct result of President Assad’s chemical and biological weapons program.

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  28. 77
    RomaBob... says:

    Infrastructure spending not foreign aid.

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  29. 79
    Anonymous says:

    The usual clap trap about “I am very proud of what the agency has achieved” Perhaps the time has come for some in depth investigations into the qualifications of other Agency Chairmen/Person – sorry must be Liebour PC

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    • 141
      average joanna says:

      Ian Liddell Grainger perfectly described the
      hard-working E.A staff on the ground being
      managed by thick useless donkeys at London
      HQ.
      Chris Smith has repeatedly broken promises
      to families in the West Country,failed to spend
      cash on dredging and infrastructure and has no
      knowledge or expertise of the environment.
      His position is untenable.

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  30. 83
    Persona non grata says:

    Are Russia and China combining to fight off a threatening USA and EU. This would suggest so.

    http://tinyurl.com/qaogqrb

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    • 106
      M­a­­q­­­­bo­­ul says:

      Crapola.

      Both China and EU threaten Putin’s dwindling empire.

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      • 111
        Persona non grata says:

        Troll alert, troll alert.

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      • 185
        Potemkin Village says:

        You’re out of date Maqboul, or just puffing cheap pr for the US as land of the free. US crony capitalism is rapidly shading into fascism; the USSR and China understand this well, and that the US will do anything to stave off oil- and resource driven collapse; check your sources and you’ll find US military references to this going back to the late 50’s. Russia and China will be targetted first, of course, but the yanks will stuff the EU without compunction when the time comes. It makes absolute sense for the USSR and the PRC to form a mutual defence pact, and Saker is – as so often – right on the money.

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    • 127
      Casual Observer 6 says:

      Ch!na is the largest creditor to the US – they have them where they need them.

      Ch!na is not aligned with Russ!a : The Sino-Soviet pact died back in the 70s.

      Ch!na does regard the EU as being hostile to trade, particularly since G’ermany got trade tariffs imposed on certain Ch!nese goods, tariffs imposed across the EU.

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      • 149
        Bemused says:

        Ah CO, how dangerous to rely so much on reading the newspapers.

        How did China buy up all those US bonds? Buy printing cash. Lots of cash. Which America used to buy up $5trillion of Chinese real-estate.

        So the Chinese are holding paper and the US is holding – well, China.

        So who has got who by the balls really?

        And this is before you take into account the $4trillion dollars in private debt that the Chinese people have run up with their own banks.

        As usual the commies have been out-smarted by Goldm@n S@chs and crew.

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  31. 84
    i don't n eed no doctor says:

    800,000 year old footprints found on a beach in Norfolk. Must be early immigrants.

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  32. 89
    i don't n eed no doctor says:

    The BBC are going really easy on Lord Smith. I wonder if it’s because he is labour?

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    • 99
      BBC Red Bottom says:

      We don’t want to hint that finding solutions to something like flooding through ingenuity and technology is a better idea than trying to stop rain falling.

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    • 105

      What else would you expect from Labour’s mouthpiece?

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    • 152
      The BBC says:

      It’s because Chris Smith was simply implementing EU policy.

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    • 190
      Jack Ketch says:

      I would suggest that the BBC News and Current Affairs folks are going easy on Smith for the same reason they go easy on Laws, Bryant, Simon Hughes, Nigel Evans and the rest of the Botty Brigade. The BBC is totally balanced when it comes to sodomy–they all support it.
      NB It was “Lord” Chris Smith who set up the “Dorothy List” that channeled funds to “LGBT” (deviate) candidates in the 2010 election.

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  33. 90
    ♏αґḱ Oαтℯη says:

    I’m hearing rumours that the sewer system is totally busted in and around the Somerset Levels, the whole place stinks to high heaven and is covered in excrement and urine.
    Can anyone else confirm this as I’d hate to waste the taxi fare down there?

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    • 108
      Lord Smith says:

      I’ll bring you some back in a jar.

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    • 110
      M­a­­q­­­­bo­­ul says:

      The remoter places, now fully submerged, tend to use septic tanks. These are overflowing into the flood water.

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      • 116
        i don't n eed no doctor says:

        It will be a bumper harvest next year!

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        • 129
          M­a­­q­­­­bo­­ul says:

          You know that egyptian farmers have relied for millenia on the annual Nile flooding to fertilise the land. Not sure why these yokels are moaning about a couple of feet of silty water on the fields. Grazing should be superb this summer.

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          • FFS says:

            Unfortunately the land has been underwater for >21 days so the grasss is all dying off. That means re-seeding from scratch. The grass won’t have time to recover before the animals need to graze on it.

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          • Twampersand says:

            Nile flood water contains huge amounts of natural phosphates and other nutrients. Flooding already fertile land washes those nutrients away, especially when flash flooding occurs.

            The place will be a barren wasteland come Summer.

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          • Jack Ketch says:

            Good point. The Nile hasn’t flooded since 1970 when the High Aswan dam came into full operation. The result is that farmers must now use costly imported fertiliser and fishlife in the river and the Delta has been destroyed by the high level of nitrates from the run-off and the consequent algae bloom. Cairo does get electricity though.

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      • 117
        ♏αґḱ Oαтℯη says:

        Jolly good!

        Right I’ll quickly pack my snorkel and swimming trunks and grab the next taxi out.

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      • 121
        Nemesis says:

        Lord fucking Smith should be made to clear out every septic tank once the flood water recede. In fact it would be better for all if he drowned in fucking place.

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  34. 91
    Chris Smith says:

    This is odd

    For years all I had to say was “we must let nature do as it likes because of global warming.’ Or ‘we can’t use any machinery or the planet will melt’ and ordinary people rushed up and hugged me and said I was very wise and green.

    Now their homes are underwater , which proves I was right all along, they want me to use technology and fossil fuels to help them.

    What silly people.

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  35. 95
    Genghiz the kahn says:

    Another infrastructure problem for not work fail?

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-26084245

    Hope that embankment is strong.

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  36. 96
    Steve Miliband says:

    At least he remembered which Quango he was representing today, a few to choose from

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  37. 104
    i don't n eed no doctor says:

    Poor old Alex Salmond doesn’t like Cameron playing him at his own games.
    Salmond – It’s not fair, bleat, bleat, bleat.
    Nicola Sturgeon – It’s not fair, bleat, bleat, bleat.

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    • 113
      M­a­­q­­­­bo­­ul says:

      They are about to fail to deliver independence and are desperately thrashing about for a scapegoat.

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      • 159
        The DVLA says:

        After independence our services to the people of Scotland will be made up as follows:-

        10% of total cost, based on a “per capita” basis
        10% additional as an “oil revenue claw-back” tax
        10% additional as a “we can do what we like – just see how expensive it will be to do it all yourself” tax.

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  38. 114
    i don't n eed no doctor says:

    What was labour’s policy on the Somerset Levels from 1998 to 2010. What plans had labour put in place given their belief in man made global warming.

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  39. 115
    Nemesis says:

    Lord ‘Toad of Toad Hall’ Smith is is a fucking disgrace. He shouldn’t need to resign he should be sacked immediately. His outfit took more notice of the tree huggers and the Green Party and didn’t dredge the rivers because of the voles and other wildlife. So where are the voles etc now? All will be dead under the fucking flood waters. He is the most stupid fool ever in charge of the EA and costs £97,000 for three days work.

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  40. 133
    non taxable pikey says:

    Ahead of Lord Smith’s visit, Conservative Mr Liddell-Grainger, who represents Bridgwater and West Somerset, said: “I will tell him what I bloody well think of him – he should go, he should walk.

    “I’m livid. This little git has never even been on the telephone to me. When I find out where he is, I will give it to him.

    “He has not told the local MPs, the local council or the local press where he is going to be. He’s a coward.”

    That just about sums him up.

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  41. 134
    Kevin Bollox says:

    Fucking idiot, he clearly has no idea what he is talking about. He should just fuck off and get back to sucking off his black boyfriend in London.

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  42. 135
    Mcbasher says:

    Yel no resign then?
    Ach wel, we’ll just hae e kich the fuch oot a ye instead then.

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  43. 148
    Post hoc says:

    Defenestration is too good for him! Maybe he could be exiled…. to Somerset?

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  44. 150
    Di Rear says:

    I saw last night on the television, the sad sight of the young farming couple in Somerset, who were having to sell their young calves, as their farm became more and more likely to be overcome by flooding. I found it absolutely heartbreaking that everything they had worked so hard for was being destroyed. Why? because those wankers of all political persuassions, who sit with their fingers up their arses, sucking on the public teat, doing the square root of fuck all, don’t care even enough to speak to those affected, because they think it’s beneath them. What absolute scum.

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    • 154
      Your Prime Minister says:

      It might be mistaken for electioneering should I visit Somerset. I am in no way running away like the scared chicken shxt that I am not.

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  45. 155
    Ed Miliband says:

    We need equality quotas at the EA to ensure that women are properly represented when we flood their houses.

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  46. 156
    Nick Clegg says:

    We need a mansion tax to pay for the flood damage.

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  47. 157
    Bemused says:

    Chris Smith reminds of of Pope Alexander VI whose body was so infested with disease when he died that his corpse turned black and filled up with gas like a balloon.

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  48. 170
    Anonymous says:

    He looks like a gargoyle.

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  49. 174
    Jimmy says:

    Is this about gays causing bad weather again?

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    • 191
      JH39480932452 says:

      Not this time Jimmy – it’s about the usual common-or-garden lefty establishment drones burning through spectacular amounts of other people’s money to no positive effect whatsoever.

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  50. 179
    Perse O'Nalley says:

    Chris Smith….an absolute canute.

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  51. 182
    JACK DROMEY says:

    This is what you get when you put a COMMON PURPOSE homo in charge!

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  52. 184
    'Chillaxed' Dave says:

    I shall offer the wet people of Somerset Levels new lives in hilly Scotland, where they can vote ‘no’ in the Referendum. Two problems solved!

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  53. 194
    frank says:

    Nigel Farage, get yer wellies on!

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  54. 200
    Roger Dewhurst says:

    Dimwit Dave should sack him, publicly, on TV and remove him from all the other troughs in which he has his ugly snout.

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  55. 203
    Anonymous says:

    Chris Smith a useless MP, who became a unelected useless Lord and now is cannot manage the useless Environment Agency. A useless quango set up by the useless Labour party. Spot the common denominator Labour are useless.

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  56. 204
    Anonymous says:

    Chris Smith a useless Labour MP, who became a unelected useless Labour Lord and now is cannot manage the useless Environment Agency. A useless quango set up by the useless Labour party. Spot the common denominator Labour are useless.

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