The government intends to invest hundreds of millions of pounds on snowploughs, gritters and salt supplies in a bid to “jinx” the chances of Britain experiencing another rough winter, it emerged this morning.
In an interview on The Today Programme, Transport Secretary Philip Hammond said: “This is the third year in a row we have been caught off-guard by snow appearing during the winter months and our ground-breaking analysis suggests an ongoing statistical trend between the coldest months of the year and freezing weather conditions.
“This is a proper, sound investment in totally jinxing the chance of it snowing ever again. This is in no way just dropping a load of cash on stuff we won’t need. Like the high speed railway.”