A bullish Alistair Darling today claimed that the government’s prudent management of the environment meant that Cumbria was better placed to emerge from its recent flooding than many other regions, such as Atlantis.
‘Let’s be clear,’ said the Chancellor today. ‘This is not British weather, this is a global problem. If it wasn’t for Gordon Brown’s leadership on the international stage we wouldn’t have had the sunny weather we did this summer. This is no time for a novice with no experience of captaining a sinking ship.’
The Chancellor went on to remind the public that flood waters could go up as well as down, but stood by the Prime Minister’s earlier pledge that there would be ‘no more flumes and gusts’.