The story writes itself. Unfortunately, as the national newspapers all originate in London this is from the “In Brief” section of today’s Times. The political talking heads, in London, are all chatting about the effect that Nigel Farage’s capitulation will have on the election. All the time large swaths of Yorkshire is slowly disappearing under water.
In normal times this would be a great story for two minutes and then back to stories of more national import. Unfortunately, this is where the election could well be won or lost in the sodden fields of the Don and Ouse floodplain and so it can’t be glossed over and then forgotten. These fields, villages and towns are in the centre of the Red Wall – the patronising description for the seats that the Conservatives have to win from Labour to gain a majority. This is a crises that has the Tories fingerprints all over it – the problem now is that they can’t hide from their cuts to flood protection spending as they have been able to in the past.
Whether this is the metaphor for the collapse of the Tory strategy is far too early to say. However, one thing that Boris Johnson should dwell on as he sits in the Cobra bunker in Whitehall this morning is this…
The North Remembers!
One final thought…it has start to rain again and whilst we are 60 miles to south guess where the water from our floodplain finally drains out to see through.