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Katherine Shonfield

The sight of John Prescott, up to his waist in the questionable effluent that passes for rainwater in this country, is the sole glad tiding that emerges from the floods of the past weeks. But amid the anxieties there is plenty of scope for gaping disbelief. On each news bulletin, as night follows day, concern for the beleaguered motorist follows concern for the stranded householder. Forget abstract mutterings. No-one in authority is prepared to state the bald fact of the case: 'You ...

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