Once again some fantastically well considered and responsible journalism from the BBC tonight.
I’ve been in Gloucester with no water for three full days now and as my previous posts today illustrate things seemed to be settling down. It’s now 10.09pm and I’m genuinely worried/annoyed.
BBC News at Ten has successfully managed to scare me – convincing me that I am doomed. They sent reporters round testing bowsers and found 10 empty – something us Gloucester residents are getting used to. The tone of terror however is not at all helpful in the current climate. If I (a 28 year old male) am worried imagine what are elderly locals thinking watching this scaremongering report.
Yes- bowsers are regularly empty, yes – visiting supermarkets for daily free supplies is hellish BUT water is on sale on supermarket shelves, neighbours are checking on vulnerable neighbours – Bristol is just 20 minutes away! (unfortunately) The lack of water is becoming a real pain but we are not yet facing 350,000 people completely dehydrating.
Meanwhile, in China some 100 million people are facing a truly horrific flooding experience – over 400 have been reported dead http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/nation/bal-te.china24jul24,0,1068156.story
Severn Trent, the local water company in Gloucester have reassured shareholders that the flooding won’t affect profits on the same day that they have pleaded for government assistance – “They’ve got to have a bit of bubbly the shareholders”
As the flood water begins to (very gradually) go down the new Gloucestershire county sport of stick or poo has been replaced by a game of pass the blame – the Environment Agency have got it, Severn Trent have got it, no wait Brown’s got it, doh dropped it…