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July 29, 2007

John Prescott: Fu.....yes, you know what goes in there....

Richard Girling:

Planners under John Prescott, the former deputy prime minister, seemed to regard the country as some kind of gigantic, inexhaustible sponge. The water industry stared in dismay at the map of southeast England - already overloaded, and one of the driest regions in Europe - as Prescott’s men sharpened their pencils and sketched in new settlements with the merry abandon of pioneers in a virgin continent.

All will need masses of fresh water. All will expect, when they pull the plug or flush the lavatory, not to have to think about their waste again.

Above all, they do not expect sewage to flood their houses, streets or gardens. Yet, extraordinarily, the water companies were not involved by the government until after its plans for expansion had been published. As a symptom of institutional madness it stands without equal.

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The answer, of course, is to move the capital to Berwick-upon-Tweed. No need then to buy some of the most expensive land on earth for govt office buildings, no need to build houses on flood plains, no need to spend zillions just yet on the Tube and Crossrail and Thameslink and like extravagances. Move the capital from the corner of the country that's been sinking since the Ice Age ended, preserve the Union, and give the poor Govt drones access to the wonderful beaches of Northumberland, Berwickshire and East Lothian. Flaws? I see no flaws.

Posted by: dearieme | Jul 29, 2007 1:00:09 PM