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You certainly should! I am fully in favour of the Oxford comma: it's use for clarification cannot be bettered, improved, or excelled.
Those who fail to learn history are doomed to repeat it. --- George Santayana (December 16, 1863 – September 26, 1952) Those who fail to clear history are doomed to explain it. --- OriginalGriff (February 24, 1959 – ∞)
The floods were described as "a political crisis" a few days ago. Which is what they are now, it has moved on from flooding and the impact on people's lives and is now all about the political fallout. Decisions will be made that play best in the media, not because they are the best thing to do.
There was an article on the BBC site a few days ago where they went to interview people in Cornwall about what a disaster the storms have been, and almost everyone was upbeat about it. Yes it's a pain, but it was exciting, thrilling, the raw power of nature was incredible to behold. They were enjoying walks, treasure hunting as the damaged coasts throw up things that have been hidden for hundreds or thousands of years.
And I heard a woman from the Thames Valley on the radio this morning, basically said "It's what happens here, we'll deal with it".
As for the Someset Levels. They're below sea level, reclaimed land, and they flood relatively often, and they flood far worse than they currently are. And for all the land that is covered, for all the noise the papers are making, there are only about 40 homes flooded. Most of it is farmland, which is designed to flood, it protects the homes.
Yes, much of it is the media makijng a big story out of it and looking for the scandal.
But what is being uncovered in COrnwall by the storms? I know they are famous wreckers, as are the Devonians and happilly strip a wrecked boat of anything usefull, but I didnt think the storms had caused any wrecks yet>