Floods reveal the state of the nation

“Sometimes an event is not just an event, it is an X-ray of the political and psychological condition of a nation,” says Janan Ganesh in the Financial Times. The recent floods and gales are a case in point.

Opposition politicians call them an “ecological wake-up call” for a government “apparently insouciant” about climate change and say David Cameron needs to “take charge”. But the truth is, we aren’t used to extreme weather.

The storms are a reminder that there is a limit to what the state can do, “but no limit on our expectations” – and that applies to [...]

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