The chairman of the Environment Agency risked further criticism on Monday night when he suggested that flooded residents were partly to blame for their problems by choosing to live in high-risk regions.
Lord Smith said people who bought homes in flood plains need to think about the “risk that that property faces”.
The remarks stoked the mounting anger towards Lord Smith’s agency, which has been criticised for its response to the floods.
However, not quite as right as he may think.
For example, people who bought in the Somerset Levels thinking that the centuries old system of drainage and pumping would be continued do indeed have a legitimate beef against the Agency which has stopped doing some of those things.