It doesn’t matter that financial aid was provided quickly, or that there are plans to improve flood defences; these are measures being made after 16,000 houses were flooded.
The floods happened because Conservatives like Ms Truss voted to cut the flood defence budget, year on year, back in 2011.
In any case, the projects the money would have funded are unlikely to have worked. The example of places like Pickering shows that there are much better alternatives to building hugely-expensive walls along river banks.
The bone-headed response of Tories like Truss shows there is just one lesson to be learnt from this fiasco: Cosnervatives don’t learn from their mistakes.
About 16,000 houses in England were flooded during the wettest December in a century, Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss has told MPs.
Defending the government’s response to the crisis, she said flood defences had protected more than 20,000 homes.
Financial aid was provided in “record time”, and there are plans to further improve flood defences, Ms Truss added.
But Labour accused ministers of not spending enough on defences, calling measures a “sticking plaster response”.
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