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Great diary, Helen.  Space will run out eventually if the population keeps expanding and we don't have vast empty areas in the UK to set up new towns in.  The practice of building new housing on flood plains and high risk areas has been responsible for the chaos that ensues every time we have really bad weather in any part of the UK and I can't understand why this isn't being stopped.  

It does feel like the short term keeps over-riding the long term and in many ways it is understandable when Governments are only in place for a few years and need quick wins to keep them there.  Taking tax payers money to invest in long term infrastructure that doesn't give anything back to taxpayers now, doesn't make for popularity.  How can we encourage the public to accept a necessary increase in tax to pay for long term security (ie infrastructure, safety from flooding etc)for the country? How can we trust the Government to invest that money effectively?

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Wed Oct 31st, 2007 at 08:02:07 AM EST
England will come to discover the need for a Dutch kind of water board? And please follow the link, even when you do think what it is - it's another wonderful example of terminological confusion.

The Dutch water board (Hoogheemraadschap) is a diary worthy subject and quintessentially Dutch.

by Nomad on Wed Oct 31st, 2007 at 09:53:40 AM EST
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And in the right place....

Of course not, The market will provide.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.

by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Oct 31st, 2007 at 10:08:07 AM EST
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al-Market akhbar!

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.
by Starvid on Thu Nov 1st, 2007 at 12:40:16 AM EST
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Our oldest governance structure!
by nanne (zwaerdenmaecker@gmail.com) on Wed Oct 31st, 2007 at 10:12:33 AM EST
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Spain also has a water board, in Valencia. Amazingly, nobody has any idea when it started.

We have met the enemy, and it is us — Pogo
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Oct 31st, 2007 at 12:29:50 PM EST
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Just increasing the average height of buildings by one storey and replacing rows of terraced houses with "long and flat" apartment complexes seems like the way forward.

We have met the enemy, and it is us — Pogo
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Oct 31st, 2007 at 12:28:56 PM EST
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How pleasing on the eye that will be.  Consider though how many terraced houses are being converted into apartments, as well as new apartments everywhere.  We've got so many apartment blocks going up all over Cardiff at the moment.  The whole city is a construction site.

Housing isn't being connected to the communities that live in them.  We often talk about social issues that we've arrived at because the individual is sovereign these days and 'community' and the collective go out of the window. More effective town planning could play a role in regenerating and strengthening communities. Instead any spare bit of land gets another block dumped on it, without any connection being made to amenities, schools, shops, leisure, transport.  

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Wed Oct 31st, 2007 at 12:44:04 PM EST
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How can we encourage the public to accept a necessary increase in tax to pay for long term security (ie infrastructure, safety from flooding etc)for the country? How can we trust the Government to invest that money effectively?

we can't...

the public is asleep at the switch, encouraged to be that way by corrupt leadership.

short term is right...

nothing less than a breakdown will convince enough people to seriously question the status quo, the orwellian brainwashing is complete....

a war criminal is invited to bring peace to the middle east.

most of the ads on mainstream italian radio exhort us to buy new cars and change to new brands of petrol.

one of the recent ones invited us to 'cuddle' (coccolare) our internal combustion engines, (by switching brands of petrol).

every day is a strange miracle of survival, as the coming tsunami is receding before rolling in...

there's no way to be really ready for this...

a whole bunch of letting go...a time of consequences...

it is some (small) comfort that we have been given the time to try and mentally prepare ourselves...it's the ones who will wake up too sharply that worry me.

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Wed Oct 31st, 2007 at 04:43:04 PM EST
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nothing less than a breakdown will convince enough people to seriously question the status quo, the orwellian brainwashing is complete....

a war criminal is invited to bring peace to the middle east.

In other news:

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah met the Queen on Tuesday at the start of a two-day state visit that has attracted widespread criticism of the Saudi human rights record.

He was due later to attend a state banquet at Buckingham Palace, where senior members of the Saudi royal family are staying as the Queen's guests.

Abdullah is scheduled to hold talks with prime Minister Gordon Brown on Wednesday.

The Queen's meeting with the Saudi monarch came after a day of controversy in which the King said Britain had failed to act on information passed to it by Saudi Arabia which might have helped prevent the 2005 suicide bombings in London that killed 52 people.
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In an interview with the BBC, he accused London of failing to do enough to combat international terrorism and said al Qaeda remained a major threat.

The government quickly issued a statement that information received from the Saudis at the time was not specific.

Officials were then forced to deny that Foreign Secretary David Miliband's cancellation of an appearance at a conference on Monday -- where he had been scheduled to speak alongside Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal -- was not a snub.

Officials said he cancelled because he was taking leave after adopting a second child.

Rights demonstrators and protesters against the lucrative arms trade between Britain and Saudi Arabia have planned to stage meetings outside the Saudi embassy in London later this week.



Don't fight forces, use them R. Buckminster Fuller.
by rg (leopold dot lepster at google mail dot com) on Wed Oct 31st, 2007 at 08:31:55 PM EST
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