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To have no sympathy with Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee for having their house flooded

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ReallyTired Fri 14-Feb-14 10:19:36

I feel more sorry for people in council housing along the river than multi millionaires who can CHOOSE where to live.

If you buy a multi million pound house by the river thames then you should not be surprised if it gets flooded. I don't agree with the idea of dredging the river thames as I feel it would destroy wild life.

I agree with them that planning permission should not be given for properties that are guarenteed to flood. Or if people must build on the flood plain then the houses should be built on stilts so that the occupants stay dry. My parents' house is on the flood plain and it is built two feet off the ground so reduce the chances of getting flooded.

OwlCapone Fri 14-Feb-14 10:22:48

Do you have an equal lack of sympathy for those who chose to live in the Somerset levels? What is your cut off point for the value of a house/income of the owner before you are allowed to feel any twinge of sympathy?

formerbabe Fri 14-Feb-14 10:22:53

What a charming post

Bowlersarm Fri 14-Feb-14 10:23:44

I have sympathy with anyone having their house flooded tbh.

It must be dreadful.

RufusTheReindeer Fri 14-Feb-14 10:23:52


Bornin1984 Fri 14-Feb-14 10:24:29


WooWooOwl Fri 14-Feb-14 10:25:11

You aren't obliged to feel sorry for anyone, but I don't see why they aren't as deserving of sympathy as anyone else who has had their home flooded.

It's a horrible experience for anyone to go through, there is no need to turn it into a competition over who deserves the most sympathy.

Considering that people do pay millions to live near the river, I'd think that anyone who is lucky enough to get a secure tenancy near it at an affordable price is generally quite lucky, and the flooding that they experience is no worse than that experienced by anyone else.

NickNacks Fri 14-Feb-14 10:25:17

Well aren't you nice.

Come down here and see the utter devastation for yourself. It's heartbreaking and I'm sure those 'millionaires' (which constitutes a shoe box round here) will be sad to hear they have no sympathy from you.

From the council scum who has been housed in a posh village on the Thames.

BobPatSamandIgglePiggle Fri 14-Feb-14 10:26:13

I hope your next poo is cactus like.

What a horrid attitude to have.

DrankSangriaInThePark Fri 14-Feb-14 10:26:14


You're all heart OP.

formerbabe Fri 14-Feb-14 10:26:26

I think its sad that people who have worked hard to buy their own home are being flooded.

Op...your post is really unpleasant.

Greenkit Fri 14-Feb-14 10:27:03

How can you be so heartless, no matter what they earn they have lost their HOME.

vastknapsack Fri 14-Feb-14 10:27:50

Yabu. So just because they are well off they don't deserve sympathy?

I read an article about them a while ago, iirc they applied to have their house rebuilt on stilts and planning was refused.

WorraLiberty Fri 14-Feb-14 10:28:35

What a horrible attitude

TheOriginalSteamingNit Fri 14-Feb-14 10:31:37

Not particularly flood-related, but Paul Daniels has always seemed like quite an unpleasant individual, so he wouldn't be first in line if I were in charge of dispensing sympathy!

agedknees Fri 14-Feb-14 10:32:10

I have had water damage twice in the last 2 years (not flood, burst pipes), so clean water. I cannot imagine what it is like for anyone to have to cope with dirty water sloshing about their homes.

YABU. They live, eat and breathe just like the rest of us. They deserve as much sympathy as anyone else who has had their homes ruined.

NinjaBunny Fri 14-Feb-14 10:32:12

I hope your next poo is cactus like.


LessMissAbs Fri 14-Feb-14 10:33:15

Bad people for working hard and having talent, and paying a lot of tax.

I can't believe you have actually gone to the trouble of creating a thread just for this purpose.

Whatisaweekend Fri 14-Feb-14 10:35:26

planning permission should not be given for properties that are guaranteed to flood. But they are not guaranteed to flood, are they? Most years there are no problems at all. We have just been through the wettest Dec and Jan in 100 years and houses built 50 years ago wouldn't really have had an inkling about global warming etc. It is a rare event - granted, one that we may see more and more of in the future but without a crystal ball it couldn't have been predicted and is very far from being 'guaranteed'.

By your reasoning, large swathes of London are untenable. Without the barrier, west London would be under water as that whole area is a flood plain.

Showy Fri 14-Feb-14 10:36:19

But the rich folk have nice furniture and antiques. The poor scum only have Argos MDF and stuff they've nicked. No great loss.

Oh sorry, was that rude?

JohnFarleysRuskin Fri 14-Feb-14 10:37:24

"You'll like this, not a lot?"

I feel sympathy with all those who've been flooded. The attitude that rich people don't deserve sympathy is rubbish. However, I never liked Paul Daniels. Couldn't he magic it away then?

Freddiefrog Fri 14-Feb-14 10:37:57

I have sympathy for anyone who has been flooded. It's awful

What a horrible attitude

Clutterbugsmum Fri 14-Feb-14 10:39:19

I feel sorry for any one flooded.

But I do feel sorry for them because have put in flood defenses to protect their home. When they were flooded last time they wanted to rebuild their house with a new lower level so if it did happen they would not be so effected, but it was refused as it would 'spoil' the look of the area. So they have built a sump with pump under the patio to help.

So what are they supposed to do if the local council, environment agency are not giving home owners permission to rebuild and protect themselves.

MrsKwazii Fri 14-Feb-14 10:39:44

Oh yes, having money definitely means that you deserve less sympathy when something bad happens.hmm

TheOriginalSteamingNit Fri 14-Feb-14 10:39:50

Does anyone else remember him on Louis Theroux? he was most odd.

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