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To help stop flooding, we need to challenge the almost feudal power of those who dominate the countryside. My column.…
There's an urgent need to disband the Internal Drainage Boards. They tend to be dominated by landowners and unaccountable to government. Their interest is in speeding water off farmland. If there's a city at the bottom of the catchment (eg #York), too bad.
It often takes a crisis to expose the dysfunctional way a country is run. Every time homes and infrastructure flood, we get a glimpse of how powerful landed interests still dominate, and the great harm this causes.
There's more about this is the Guardian's podcast today:…
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