Now it's squeaky dredging finger up the bum time
How have the Kippers come to this conclusion? Have the dastardly Eurocrats of Brussels somehow conspired to influence weather patterns and force all those low pressure areas and their associated frontal systems to dump their rain only on the unfortunate UK? Well, no, not even UKIP would try that one - at least, not yet - but they are sure that what the EU decided (with UK agreement) caused the flooding.
Getting to their desired conclusion was slow going for the Farage fringe: at first, they joined the Daily Mail bandwagon, pretending that there was some kind of zero sum game between foreign aid and flood defence provision. Very few voters took any notice. So their attack switched to the HS2 project: there was now another zero sum game between that and flood defence provision. Still very few voters took any notice.
Wrong, Nige. Try again
Then a lightbulb was energised somewhere on Planet Kipper, as it was belatedly realised that they were supposed to blame the EU. So blame the EU they did: James Carver, who represents UKIP at the European Parliament, asked “Did the virtual end of river dredging when the EC Water Framework Directive became law, cause the disastrous floods?” That’s another QTWTAIN, even if it is in the papers.
Wrong once more ...
Although the Mail, ever ready to play both sides of the field on any subject where the EU can somehow be dragged in, screamed “Britain's flooding crisis 'made worse by the EU': Green Brussels bureaucrats have 'banned' river dredging that allows water to drain faster, say farmers”, their own article shows why the assertion is not true.
... and thrice wrong
The article concludes “An Environment Agency spokesman said: ‘Dredging and clearing channels are important parts of the Environment Agency’s maintenance regime and over the past two years we have spent £21million on dredging … In many cases, dredging is not the best long-term solution because rivers can quickly silt up again and other measures may be more effective’”. We have been here before.