Only the heavens can prevent a dreadful drought in England

Telegraph: Writing about impending drought, in my experience, is a dicey business. The last time I did so -- in June 2011, after the second driest spring on record -- a wet summer duly followed. And I well remember, as a young reporter, interviewing Denis Howell, the newly appointed Minister for Drought, in the long dry summer of 1976: within days the heavens opened and he was made Minister for Floods. Yet last summer's rains only provided brief relief and the country is now facing the biggest water crisis......

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