United Kingdom: These floods are washing away the founding logic of David Cameron’s government

Guardian: Men in wellies, talk of "grip", Cobra in near-permanent session: the politics of natural disaster has its own vocabulary, both visual and verbal. Repeated regularly is a set of maxims now seared into the soul of every Westminster special adviser: that a party leader cannot go abroad when the country is under water; that Bush's Katrina debacle showed what a delayed or tin-eared response to tragedy can do to a political reputation; that the prime task of all governments is to keep citizens safe, from......

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