The relatively mild weather has certainly helped the crops. However it seems that we shall soon face some colder more seasonal weather, which hopefully will not be too severe.
The experts have been out inspecting some of the buildings which came off worse during the gales on the night of 23 December. Soon several will be decked out in scaffolding as the work begins to repair the damage.
There are chimneys now leaning at peculiar angles, and Horsham tiles which have shifted to allow water to flow into places it has no business to be. Ridge tiles are decorating lawns and slate tiles settled into flower beds at rakish angles. The result of which will be costly, but we can be grateful our problems are minor compared with the poor people who have had to cope with floods and worse.
The weather both here and in the USA remain headline news and the aftermath of the high winds and torrential rain is causing misery for those who are still flooded. These poor people face months of cleaning up, and in most cases rebuilding or re-plastering damaged homes and properties.
Some businesses will not recover as this is the second time within two years that their premises have been flooded. There are stories of companies who have just re-opened their doors for Christmas only to be once again overwhelmed by the floods.
Let us hope those who have been hardest hit will gain compensation from the government. The Environment Agency which is responsible for ensuring the rivers and streams are regularly cleared have failed miserably. Locals in flooded areas are rightly angry that such basic work has been neglected in recent years; the resulting floods were preventable in many cases.
We have a small river running through the farm which in years gone by was cleared every couple of years. Today it is in a very poor state with debris, silting and rubbish causing it to overflow its banks in several places. If this is repeated, as we know it is along its course, then it is hardly surprising that properties are flooded both up and down stream.
The newspapers and media are awash with contradicting opinions as to the causes of the freezing conditions in the USA, and the weather which battered the UK over Christmas and the New Year.
The Sunday Mail ran an interesting story about the BBC holding a seminar in 2006 which was funded by grants from the then Labour government. The IBT (International Broadcasting Trust), which ran the seminar and has links to green campaigners, promised Ministers the seminar would influence BBC programme content for years to come. As so it would appear it has.
The BBC spent thousands of pounds in legal fees trying to keep details of the conference secret. It turns out, thanks to the disclosure and determination of an amateur climate blogger, that in a written statement opposing disclosure in 2012, former BBC news chief and current director of BBC radio Helen Boaden admitted: ‘In my view the, the seminars had an impact on a broad range of BBC output.’
She said this included news reports, and a three-part BBC2 series presented by geologist Ian Stewart, who told viewers amongst other things, that the threat of global warming was “truly scary”.
She also acknowledged that the seminar was one sided and there were no expert climate sceptics present.
Once again the BBC failed to be impartial and has been exposed for not allowing the public to make up their own minds. It has conspired to influence the public with green propaganda.
Green lobbyists continue to persuade us that all this ‘weather’ is man-made; the result of decades of industrial pollution, transport and ‘living’.
The scientists and meteorologists who counter this view explain that the weather is caused by natural phenomena, but they are being drowned out by environmentalists and the Green Lobby.
There are those who are genuinely concerned that the Green Lobby has too much influence over government and politicians. It is certain that behind it all is the revenue created. Just whose pockets much of it is ending up in we can only hope the media will continue to reveal.
Concerns should be voiced about why we are being squeezed within an inch of our purses by ‘green’ taxes, to prop up an industry which is becoming increasingly questionable.
Carola Godman Irvine