We made a mistake, there’s no doubt about that and we perhaps relied too much on the Environment Agency’s advice.
I’ll apologise. I’ll apologise unreservedly.
I am really sorry that we took the advice … we thought we were dealing with experts.
Communities Minister Eric Pickles BBC Andrew Marr Show 9-2-2014
No matter how many mistakes the EA makes it is not up to ministers to criticise.
Environment Agency Chief Lord Chris Smith BBC R4 ‘today’ 10-2-2014
Blimey! The mandarin speaks. Paraphrase ‘Suck it up and spit it in a bucket peasants’
Anyone going to mention the E.U. directives which caused this fiasco? Will the finger get pointed at Von Rumpy next?
Nigel Farage Wades into the debate:
Charity should begin at home. Would it not be a good gesture if we had a British government that put its own people first? We have got sea walls that need maintaining. It is going to need more than the paltry money has been offered so far.
The Pickled Egg bites back:
We will be able to do all this without having to touch he aid budget. And if it is truly global warming, and our aid is sustainable aid, then aid that we are offering in other parts of the world will have an effect in terms of the things that happen in this country.
Cameron gets the final word