Thursday, 13 February 2014

England Floods

The effects of austerity measures inflicted on the English people has become clear as vast areas of our country now lie underwater, devastated by the avoidable results of a mismanaged 'environmental policy'. Since Friday 29 January, 1,135 homes have been flooded. Around 5.2m (one-sixth) of properties in England are at risk of flooding. The clear-up costs after the latest floods could reach £1bn.

Now 'our government' who mercilessly cut flood defence budgets have resorted to useless squabbling as swathes of the country are suffering the damage. When their political careers are in the firing-line we hear that "money is no object" but Mr Cameron has still failed to promise that he will reverse the planned cuts to the Environment Agency, particularly the staff working directly on flooding. Despite the terrible effects flooding has had on many in the South-West, the government has been slow to act until the waters drew near their own citadels in the capital and England's wealthier South-East.  It is clear to us that no one in England should be considered 'more equal' than anyone else.

How would an autonomist, decentralist system deal with this problem? The answer is simple. Rather than funneling money into central government to pay subsidies to large business, foreign wars and other white elephant schemes that government is want to partake in, resources would remain in local hands. The deployment of theses resources would be directly and democratically decided by local people.  This does not mean, however, that regions will be forced to fend for themselves and pay for their own damage alone in times of disaster. The goodwill and compassion of the English people shines through in crisis. Under a system of free-federation communities can and would decide to send aid to other stricken communities, be it financial or manpower and technical support.

Outside of times of disaster, communities and the economy would be run on a holistic basis with the emphasis on our most important resources of all --our environment-- rather than on pure profit motivation. We need to be the change we wish to see in the world. Therefore, we must begin by following a policy of ecology at home while refusing to deal with companies, organisations and states who pollute the earth.  It is in our interests --each and every one of us-- that we must work towards this goal, whereas 'our leaders' work towards ever-increasing wealth for the few.

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