Yes I know that I can be termed a conspiracy theorist but come on...who decided that dredging the rivers should cease? Who decided that adequate drainage should be abandoned? How is this linked to EU directives?
Why has the crucial funding for flood defences meant that the normal measures that for years have defended the properties of the people close to our rivers suddenly disappeared.
I don't trust any government authority. I always believe that in this day and age it is us, the people, against them, the government. So when people are desperate enough to sell to anyone who will buy; what will stop the 'bandits' from buying up farms and homes and then ensuring that the normal defences against flooding are reinstated.
Just a thought!