Have the Tories in flooded Somerset re-discovered the importance of well-funded public services?

The coalition government under-funds the Environment Agency (and all public services) and then Bridgwater MP Ian Liddell-Grainger complains that the Agency has failed to dredge and maintain the rivers on the Somerset Levels. The Tories who run Somerset County Council want the armed forces and other parts of the public sector to bail them out – literally.

According to their Thatcherite ideology, they should leave the problem of flooding to be solved by market forces and the private sector. Isn’t there some inconsistency here? Do they want a “smaller state” or not?

Sent to the Somerset County Gazette, from Ken Keable, Secretary, Somerset branch, Communist Party of Britain. 27/01/2014