Tory U-turn over ‘Rivers of Sh*t’ ‘doesn’t come close’ to what is needed

Minehead beach: you might be more sensible than to allow your child to play in the human waste that you see here – but other people clearly aren’t.

We all breathed a sigh of relief and rejoiced that we could once again smell the roses after the government announced its new plan to progressively force water companies to reduce the amount of sewage in our rivers and in the sea. Didn’t we?

No. Here’s our water quality correspondent, Feargal Sharkey:

He also had an answer to Tories like This Writer’s MP, Fay Jones, who claimed that the public would be forced to pay for improvements to the UK’s sewers:

Hear, hear!

On a side note, you have to agree with Omid on this, don’t you?

But what did the water bosses have to say about this?

They weren’t available to be interviewed, of course, because none of them live in the UK!

Our water companies are run by the governments of eight other nations: Singapore, Australia, Kuwait, Canada, Norway, UAE, Qatar and Malaysia.

That’s pretty close to it! Of course, the government has said that it will require the water companies to clean up their act (and our waterways) progressively but it is extremely unlikely that this will happen unless the Treasury provides some stimulus.

In the meantime, we have this:

And this:

Dead seagulls have already been spotted at Southend, I believe. This is one of the top beach resorts serving Londoners, remember.

Also this:

The worst part is that a family was letting their child paddle in the Minehead sewage. People really don’t know any better than not to play with the brown stuff. How many people will catch cholera before the government gets the message?

Well, the Tories wanted a workforce that was less educated than they were, and judging from Boris Johnson, that was setting the bar very low indeed.

At least the satirists have been sharpening their tools. Here’s a selection of their offerings – these are the tools we should use to remind the Tories of their big mistake:

This is particularly good from national treasure Pam Ayres:

And what has actually been done to stop the dissemination of sewage into our waterways, land, crops, food animals and dinner plates in the meantime?

Absolutely nothing.

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  1. SteveH October 27, 2021 at 8:51 pm - Reply

    Professor Richard Murphy has written an interesting article on this –

  2. Hecuba October 28, 2021 at 10:45 am - Reply

    I’m astounded Public Health Authorities haven’t spoken out against the illegal action of the privately owned water companies whereby our rivers and seas are being contaminated by raw sewage! This is a public health crisis and all I hear is a ‘deafening silence’ from the Public Health Officials!

    The fascist tory dictatorship are determined to murder thousands more women, children and men by ignoring the criminal actions of the foreign owned water companies! First we had the coronavirus pandemic now we will have a pandemic of typhoid and cholera due to the criminal murderous actions of the fascist tories!

    The fascist tories can act to force the private water companies to cease contaminating our rivers and sea because these fascist tory boys have created a law criminalising import of EU bottled water!! Yes you read this correctly – we peasants from January, 2022 will be forced to drink contaminated UK bottled water because there will be no alternative!

    Believe the raw sewage being dumped in rivers by those callous foreign owned water companies won’t affect you? Well think again because agriculture and cattle will be infected with this raw sewage and when us peasants eat the contaminated vegetables, fruit and meat guess who the fascist tories will blame? Not themselves but us peasants!

    Meanwhile the Public Health Authorities remain silent because a fake government – aka fascist tory dictatorship deliberately instigating state sanctioned mass murder of thousands and thousands of us peasants is not a public health issue – it is just putting corporate profits before the health and lives of ordinary peasants!

    Little fascist dictator duck johnson and his criminal gang will ensure their supplies of foreign bottled water continue to be delivered to them by ‘special delivery’ because they don’t want to contract cholera or typhoid!

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