The waters inundating swaths of central and western England are no reason to block urgently needed new homes, including developments built on flood plains, the Housing Minister said yesterday.
No, of course not Minister. Building on flood plains is a wonderfully sensible idea, especially as weather experts predict that our climate is going to get even wetter in the years ahead.
The Housing Minister in question is Yvette Cooper, who is married to another government minister called Ed Balls. What a shame she didn't take her husband's name. Then we could use say, a la Michael Heseltine, that the plan isn't Cooper's- it's Balls'!