Tuesday, 22 July 2008

Wrong type of story

Where would the Daily Express be without weather stories? if it wasn't for the vagaries of the British climate the Express would have to put Princess Di on the front page every day instead of every other.

No surprise then to see this story slating the Highways Agency for blaming motorway delays on the 'wrong type of rain'.

Only it wasn't the 'wrong type' of rain, it was unusually intense rain, which most people agree was a fairly serious problem last summer.

But why look at things rationally when you can make a public body look stupid with a quippy headline?

I'm fully in favour of holding these agencies, bodies and quangos to account wherever possible, but if you don't do it properly you are just making it harder for those that want to.

There are many things you can blame the Highways Agency for but the weather isn't one of them.

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