UPDATE PICTURES & VIDEO: David Cameron praises island's fight against flooding

Dorset Echo: Prime Minister David Cameron visits Chesil Beach at Chiswell, Portland, at Cove House Inn, owners Mandy, left and Jackie, Prime Minister David Cameron visits Chesil Beach at Chiswell, Portland, at Cove House Inn, owners Mandy, left and Jackie,

PRIME Minister David Cameron has praised the efforts of an operation to restore Portland flood defences.
Mr Cameron flew in by helicopter to witness the work being done to shore up the defences before the next big storm.

See a video of Mr Cameron's visit here

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Chiswell has been battered by storms and giant waves and Royal Engineers were drafted in at the weekend to support the Environment Agency’s efforts.
Mr Cameron, who was accompanied on his visit by South Dorset MP Richard Drax, praised the efforts of the military, which he said has made a ‘huge difference’.
But he stopped short of pledging funds to help stricken residents and businesses.
Mr Cameron said: “If it’s necessary to spend money in Portland and Dorset then it will be spent.”
He added: “This flood defence scheme worked and it protected homes and properties. While these storms were as bad as in past years, for example 1979, the damage was far less because of the effective flood defence.”
Referring to criticisms of the Government’s response to the recent floods, Mr Cameron said: “I am not interested in anything other than getting on and making sure people get the help they need.
“The Environment Agency and the army are doing a great job, as I have seen here in Dorset and the whole Government is totally focused on what we can do to help, whether that’s pumping water or helping with Local Government funding.”
More money has already been promised from Defra’s contingency fund to help flood-stricken communities, including £10million which will be spent on specific flood measures for the Somerset Levels.
Mr Cameron said the flood defence budget has also been increased.
Mr Drax said he was ‘delighted’ the Prime Minister had visited.
He added: “The sea defences have helped. One or two homes were flooded but that was due to water coming over instead of through.
“That was very frightening of course, but the Portlanders are a tough bunch who won’t let a few waves frighten them.”

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Royal Engineers help shifting pebbles
COLONEL Chris McGregor, commanding officer of the Royal Wessex Yeomanry said more than 40 Royal Engineers are working to support the Environment Agency.
It is the first time the army have been drafted in to help with a flooding crisis on Portland.
Col McGregor said: “We are just happy to be here to help residents.”
Coastal engineer with the Environment Agency Neil Watson said 100,000 cubic metres – up to 30 per cent – of pebbles from Chesil Beach have been displaced through the storms.
Government announcements on funding are ‘welcome’, he added, but maintenance is more crucial in keeping the defences effective.
He added: “We have had staff working around the clock since January 31, both in the incident rooms and on site and they have been working tirelessly to protect people’s lives.”

Storm talk at the Cove Inn
CAMPAIGNERS and councillors were invited to a private meeting with the Prime Minister to discuss the island’s flood defences.
David Cameron visited the Cove House Inn after Chesil Beach was battered by storms and gigantic waves, flooding parts of Chiswell.
Pub owners Jackie Breakspear and Mandy Broughton-South welcomed the Prime Minister inside after he visited Chesil Beach to witness the efforts going on to protect the coast from storm damage.
Mr Cameron spoke privately regarding flood defences on the island with environmental campaigner and Portland resident Storm Wallace, Mayor of Portland Les Ames, South Dorset MP Richard Drax, Head of Dorset Highways Operations at Dorset County Council Andrew Martin, joint owners of the Cove House Inn Jackie and Mandy and representatives from Weymouth and Portland Borough Council.
Jackie Breakspear said Mr Cameron asked the question of whether the government were doing enough to support the community here on Portland.
She said: “We discussed flood defences on the island; I said in the circumstances I think the community here are doing really well and trying to put things right as soon as possible.
“Nothing was going to stop the severe weather no matter what defences the island had in place.
“One problem that we put to Mr Cameron was that residents here would like a warning siren ten or twenty minutes before the evacuation siren actually sounds, so that we have more time to react.”
Storm Wallace also told the Prime Minister that more sandbags are needed during extreme weather and asked for more help from the local authority.
She said: “He thanked me for my hard work and I told him that the whole community has come together.
“He’s a nice guy to talk to but we will have to wait and see if anything we’ve suggested has been put in place.”
Sandra West, Borough councillor for Underhill, blasted the government's actions during the severe weather and flooding that hit Portland.
She added: “We are people not a game and we needed help from the government last week.
“I just think if the government were that concerned why where they not here when we really needed help?”

  •  LITTLE Georgia Botting made friends with a surprise visitor after popping in the Cove House Inn to see her grandmother. The youngster, aged just seven months, posed in a picture with the Prime Minister. Mother of Georgia and Jackie’s daughter, Sarah Breakspear, 32, said: “It's not every day you get a chance to meet David Cameron.
    “Jackie said someone special was coming so we headed down here in the hope to get a picture with whoever it was.
    “The Prime Minister said what beautiful blue eyes Georgia had and how holding her made him broody.
    “He also joked that he would go home to Mrs Cameron and ask if they could have another baby.
    “Georgia had no idea who she had just met but the story will definitely be one to remember. It was great to see that Mr Cameron came round to visit.”

Warning as more grim weather is on the way

MORE severe weather is on the way with amber warnings for winds up to 70mph issued for Dorset this week.
After a couple of days of respite the Met Office has warned that more storms are expected, with the worst of the weather being seen tomorrow and Thursday.
A yellow warning for rain was issued for today, tomorrow and Thursday, with strong winds forecast from 12pm on Wednesday until 6am on Thursday.
A Met Office spokesperson said: “A vigorous area of low pressure is expected to move north-eastwards across the UK later on Wednesday, clearing eastwards early on Thursday.
“This is likely to be accompanied by a swathe of gales across many parts of England and Wales, which may be severe in places.
“The public should be prepared for the risk of disruption to transport and possibly also power supplies.”
They added: “A further spell of widespread rain, heavy in places, is likely to spread north-eastwards across much of the UK on Wednesday clearing eastwards early on Thursday.
“Following earlier heavy rainfall, the public should be aware of the potential for further flooding in places.
“Gale or severe gale force winds are likely to be an added hazard in places.”

Flooded-out mum backing PM’s isle visit
A PORTLAND woman whose home was flooded welcomed Mr Cameron’s visit.
Sue Beacock, 50, left her home in Victoria Square after the water level rose as high as three feet in her back garden.
Water seeped through to her kitchen and front room, damaging furniture, ruining carpets and overflowing the drainage system at the front of her house.
She said: “I was just pleased the Prime Minister was showing an interest really. It's good to be taken notice of. Hopefully he can get the troops to shore the beach back up again.”
Ms Beacock is facing a hefty clean-up bill after she revealed to the Echo that she didn’t have home insurance.
She said: “It was the last thing to do on my to do list. I didn’t really think about it.
“We have had these warnings quite a lot but even yesterday I thought we got away with it. But then there was the last wave that was three quarters of an hour to an hour after high tide.”
The wave Ms Beacock refers to is visible in a video that can be seen online at dorsetecho.co.uk.
She added: “I’m so glad somebody filmed it because I’m sure no-one would believe me.
“I went out in the street to see if everything was all right. I didn’t think we were in danger.”
Ms Beacock has lived on Portland for the past 11 years. She lives with her son Toby, 25, and her two dogs, Molly and Ben.
After being diagnosed with tonsil cancer at the beginning of 2012, Ms Beacock underwent radiation treatment and entered remission in November last year. She was looking at 2014 as an opportunity to move on.
Despite the damage caused to the house, Ms Beacock remained optimistic.
She said: “When you think of the people on the Somerset plains, it is not that bad. We’re alive.”
Further heavy rain and high winds are expected to hit Dorset this week. The Met Office has issued an amber rain warning until Saturday with residents told to expect further flooding.
Officers from the Environment Agency have visited Ms Beacock’s house and advised her to stay elsewhere for the next few days.
Portland stone quarry firm  Albion Stone has provided Ms Beacock with sandbags to help reduce the impact of flooding.
Ms Beacock said: “They’re expecting it to happen again.
“It’s not so bad during the day but if that was to happen at night, it would be very scary.”

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3:19pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Zummerzet Lad says...

Did he land by SAR Helicopter and if he did or didn't Did Mr Drax take the opportunity to hammer home message about keeping it?
Did he land by SAR Helicopter and if he did or didn't Did Mr Drax take the opportunity to hammer home message about keeping it? Zummerzet Lad

4:13pm Mon 10 Feb 14

RifRafDac says...

Cheers then Dave!
Cheers then Dave! RifRafDac

4:27pm Mon 10 Feb 14

jmc1 says...

I expect it will be yes sir yes sir
I expect it will be yes sir yes sir jmc1

5:06pm Mon 10 Feb 14

David_divenghy2 says...

Bandwagon Drax and Photo-opping Cameron .
Bandwagon Drax and Photo-opping Cameron . David_divenghy2

6:08pm Mon 10 Feb 14

chesilboy says...

I'm struggling to see why this visit is a negative thing whatever your political inclination?

Damned if you do and damned if you don't I suppose.
I'm struggling to see why this visit is a negative thing whatever your political inclination? Damned if you do and damned if you don't I suppose. chesilboy

6:22pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Jimmytheone says...

Saw Richard Drax at Chiswell yesterday busy trying to sort a problem with a boat. Good on him which ever party you vote for as chesilboy says what ever he does will be wrong with somebody will find nothing better to do than criticise.Thought Mr C would stay for the PTC muppet show meeting.
Saw Richard Drax at Chiswell yesterday busy trying to sort a problem with a boat. Good on him which ever party you vote for as chesilboy says what ever he does will be wrong with somebody will find nothing better to do than criticise.Thought Mr C would stay for the PTC muppet show meeting. Jimmytheone

6:22pm Mon 10 Feb 14

popsiebabes says...

Wondered why the Army had turned up......good photo opportunity for the PM
Wondered why the Army had turned up......good photo opportunity for the PM popsiebabes

6:22pm Mon 10 Feb 14

David_divenghy2 says...

chesilboy wrote:
I'm struggling to see why this visit is a negative thing whatever your political inclination?

Damned if you do and damned if you don't I suppose.
Probably because it is little more than blatant photo-opping tokenism, if he really cared he could get those hundreds of millions in foreign aid and spend it on his own people, or the £13Bn pounds being abused by the third sector and the £120Bn in government waste between 2012-13 in the news today.

A microscopic fraction of that waste would see the Helicopter sorted for life, not to mention a million other problems we have in the UK.

Vote UKIP.
[quote][p][bold]chesilboy[/bold] wrote: I'm struggling to see why this visit is a negative thing whatever your political inclination? Damned if you do and damned if you don't I suppose.[/p][/quote]Probably because it is little more than blatant photo-opping tokenism, if he really cared he could get those hundreds of millions in foreign aid and spend it on his own people, or the £13Bn pounds being abused by the third sector and the £120Bn in government waste between 2012-13 in the news today. A microscopic fraction of that waste would see the Helicopter sorted for life, not to mention a million other problems we have in the UK. Vote UKIP. David_divenghy2

6:46pm Mon 10 Feb 14

chesilboy says...

David_divenghy2 wrote:
chesilboy wrote:
I'm struggling to see why this visit is a negative thing whatever your political inclination?

Damned if you do and damned if you don't I suppose.
Probably because it is little more than blatant photo-opping tokenism, if he really cared he could get those hundreds of millions in foreign aid and spend it on his own people, or the £13Bn pounds being abused by the third sector and the £120Bn in government waste between 2012-13 in the news today.

A microscopic fraction of that waste would see the Helicopter sorted for life, not to mention a million other problems we have in the UK.

Vote UKIP.
So he doing what you just did then? Seizing any publicity opportunity to promote his own political party.

My previous post attempted to exclude politics (stupid I know), the issues you quote are long-term matters that bear zero relevance to a reactive short-term flood response.
[quote][p][bold]David_divenghy2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]chesilboy[/bold] wrote: I'm struggling to see why this visit is a negative thing whatever your political inclination? Damned if you do and damned if you don't I suppose.[/p][/quote]Probably because it is little more than blatant photo-opping tokenism, if he really cared he could get those hundreds of millions in foreign aid and spend it on his own people, or the £13Bn pounds being abused by the third sector and the £120Bn in government waste between 2012-13 in the news today. A microscopic fraction of that waste would see the Helicopter sorted for life, not to mention a million other problems we have in the UK. Vote UKIP.[/p][/quote]So he doing what you just did then? Seizing any publicity opportunity to promote his own political party. My previous post attempted to exclude politics (stupid I know), the issues you quote are long-term matters that bear zero relevance to a reactive short-term flood response. chesilboy

7:04pm Mon 10 Feb 14

David_divenghy2 says...

chesilboy wrote:
David_divenghy2 wrote:
chesilboy wrote:
I'm struggling to see why this visit is a negative thing whatever your political inclination?

Damned if you do and damned if you don't I suppose.
Probably because it is little more than blatant photo-opping tokenism, if he really cared he could get those hundreds of millions in foreign aid and spend it on his own people, or the £13Bn pounds being abused by the third sector and the £120Bn in government waste between 2012-13 in the news today.

A microscopic fraction of that waste would see the Helicopter sorted for life, not to mention a million other problems we have in the UK.

Vote UKIP.
So he doing what you just did then? Seizing any publicity opportunity to promote his own political party.

My previous post attempted to exclude politics (stupid I know), the issues you quote are long-term matters that bear zero relevance to a reactive short-term flood response.
Sea defences, the Rescue Helicopter, the state of our local roads and God knows what else needs doing now?. A stroke of a pen could stop a great deal of that grotesque waste and pay for it all to be fixed, built and sorted right now instead of raising our council taxes and other taxes yet again, while those Billions are being wasted.

So it is relevant to this article as well as topical.in general. You want to pay more tax for repairing all this stuff while they are blowing Billions on magic acts and bunny suits in the civil service?
[quote][p][bold]chesilboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]David_divenghy2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]chesilboy[/bold] wrote: I'm struggling to see why this visit is a negative thing whatever your political inclination? Damned if you do and damned if you don't I suppose.[/p][/quote]Probably because it is little more than blatant photo-opping tokenism, if he really cared he could get those hundreds of millions in foreign aid and spend it on his own people, or the £13Bn pounds being abused by the third sector and the £120Bn in government waste between 2012-13 in the news today. A microscopic fraction of that waste would see the Helicopter sorted for life, not to mention a million other problems we have in the UK. Vote UKIP.[/p][/quote]So he doing what you just did then? Seizing any publicity opportunity to promote his own political party. My previous post attempted to exclude politics (stupid I know), the issues you quote are long-term matters that bear zero relevance to a reactive short-term flood response.[/p][/quote]Sea defences, the Rescue Helicopter, the state of our local roads and God knows what else needs doing now?. A stroke of a pen could stop a great deal of that grotesque waste and pay for it all to be fixed, built and sorted right now instead of raising our council taxes and other taxes yet again, while those Billions are being wasted. So it is relevant to this article as well as topical.in general. You want to pay more tax for repairing all this stuff while they are blowing Billions on magic acts and bunny suits in the civil service? David_divenghy2

7:17pm Mon 10 Feb 14

chesilboy says...

I was trying to keep things on topic.

I'll bow out and leave you on your soapbox. I have no interest in turning Portland's flood defences into a debate about global politics.
I was trying to keep things on topic. I'll bow out and leave you on your soapbox. I have no interest in turning Portland's flood defences into a debate about global politics. chesilboy

7:21pm Mon 10 Feb 14

David_divenghy2 says...

chesilboy wrote:
I was trying to keep things on topic.

I'll bow out and leave you on your soapbox. I have no interest in turning Portland's flood defences into a debate about global politics.
Yeah, because obviously none of this involves money or politics....
[quote][p][bold]chesilboy[/bold] wrote: I was trying to keep things on topic. I'll bow out and leave you on your soapbox. I have no interest in turning Portland's flood defences into a debate about global politics.[/p][/quote]Yeah, because obviously none of this involves money or politics.... David_divenghy2

7:25pm Mon 10 Feb 14

woodsedge says...

David_divenghy2 wrote:
chesilboy wrote:
I was trying to keep things on topic.

I'll bow out and leave you on your soapbox. I have no interest in turning Portland's flood defences into a debate about global politics.
Yeah, because obviously none of this involves money or politics....
David_divenghy2 and UKIP, a match made in heaven!
[quote][p][bold]David_divenghy2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]chesilboy[/bold] wrote: I was trying to keep things on topic. I'll bow out and leave you on your soapbox. I have no interest in turning Portland's flood defences into a debate about global politics.[/p][/quote]Yeah, because obviously none of this involves money or politics....[/p][/quote]David_divenghy2 and UKIP, a match made in heaven! woodsedge

7:30pm Mon 10 Feb 14

David_divenghy2 says...

woodsedge wrote:
David_divenghy2 wrote:
chesilboy wrote:
I was trying to keep things on topic.

I'll bow out and leave you on your soapbox. I have no interest in turning Portland's flood defences into a debate about global politics.
Yeah, because obviously none of this involves money or politics....
David_divenghy2 and UKIP, a match made in heaven!
As opposed to decades of the same lefty labour and Tory knobs who ruined this country...i'll stand by that confidently thanks.
[quote][p][bold]woodsedge[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]David_divenghy2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]chesilboy[/bold] wrote: I was trying to keep things on topic. I'll bow out and leave you on your soapbox. I have no interest in turning Portland's flood defences into a debate about global politics.[/p][/quote]Yeah, because obviously none of this involves money or politics....[/p][/quote]David_divenghy2 and UKIP, a match made in heaven![/p][/quote]As opposed to decades of the same lefty labour and Tory knobs who ruined this country...i'll stand by that confidently thanks. David_divenghy2

7:52pm Mon 10 Feb 14

woodsedge says...

Getting back on topic, does anyone know if there is actually anything that can be done to repair the natural sea defence that us the bank? So many tons of pebbles have been washed out to sea anything over a westerly force 8 on a spring tide could cause flooding.
Getting back on topic, does anyone know if there is actually anything that can be done to repair the natural sea defence that us the bank? So many tons of pebbles have been washed out to sea anything over a westerly force 8 on a spring tide could cause flooding. woodsedge

7:58pm Mon 10 Feb 14

David_divenghy2 says...

woodsedge wrote:
Getting back on topic, does anyone know if there is actually anything that can be done to repair the natural sea defence that us the bank? So many tons of pebbles have been washed out to sea anything over a westerly force 8 on a spring tide could cause flooding.
Re-build the current sea defences on Chesil to a higher and bigger standard is about all, other than a second road onto the Island maybe? The money for doing that however...oh didn't I already mention that bit.....
[quote][p][bold]woodsedge[/bold] wrote: Getting back on topic, does anyone know if there is actually anything that can be done to repair the natural sea defence that us the bank? So many tons of pebbles have been washed out to sea anything over a westerly force 8 on a spring tide could cause flooding.[/p][/quote]Re-build the current sea defences on Chesil to a higher and bigger standard is about all, other than a second road onto the Island maybe? The money for doing that however...oh didn't I already mention that bit..... David_divenghy2

8:11pm Mon 10 Feb 14

cosmick says...

Lets be honest the last goverment and this goverment have ducked spending money when they should have. The Labour goverment had a report on what was required but asked for more information to waste time. Then we had a change of goverment which made big cuts everywhere except rich peoples taxes, and the population at the bottom of the food chain suffer. These M P s then turn up and try to show they care. Well maybe MAY THE 22ND is a bit close. Wake up people if you keep this lot in power expect more of the same.
Your house could be flooded what would you do where would you turn to?
Time this lot spent more time with there familys.
Wait and see how much help they get up along the thames. Money wont come into it.
Lets be honest the last goverment and this goverment have ducked spending money when they should have. The Labour goverment had a report on what was required but asked for more information to waste time. Then we had a change of goverment which made big cuts everywhere except rich peoples taxes, and the population at the bottom of the food chain suffer. These M P s then turn up and try to show they care. Well maybe MAY THE 22ND is a bit close. Wake up people if you keep this lot in power expect more of the same. Your house could be flooded what would you do where would you turn to? Time this lot spent more time with there familys. Wait and see how much help they get up along the thames. Money wont come into it. cosmick

8:24pm Mon 10 Feb 14

David_divenghy2 says...

"Olympic legacy".
"Olympic legacy". David_divenghy2

8:49pm Mon 10 Feb 14

arlbergbahn says...

I love these slightly uncomfortable photo opportunities where he always wears a hard hat that's slightly too big for him (I wonder if they do that deliberately?) and stands about pointing decisively at something off camera.
I love these slightly uncomfortable photo opportunities where he always wears a hard hat that's slightly too big for him (I wonder if they do that deliberately?) and stands about pointing decisively at something off camera. arlbergbahn

8:49pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Tammy Flugh says...

He's drinking tea in an inn? What would Nigel Farage say?
He's drinking tea in an inn? What would Nigel Farage say? Tammy Flugh

9:15pm Mon 10 Feb 14

woodsedge says...

Tammy Flugh wrote:
He's drinking tea in an inn? What would Nigel Farage say?
Farage would promise passport control for Portland at the Ferry Bridge if he though it would get him elected!
[quote][p][bold]Tammy Flugh[/bold] wrote: He's drinking tea in an inn? What would Nigel Farage say?[/p][/quote]Farage would promise passport control for Portland at the Ferry Bridge if he though it would get him elected! woodsedge

10:01pm Mon 10 Feb 14

cosmick says...

woodsedge wrote:
Tammy Flugh wrote:
He's drinking tea in an inn? What would Nigel Farage say?
Farage would promise passport control for Portland at the Ferry Bridge if he though it would get him elected!
If it kept DAVID off the ISLAND what a good idea.
[quote][p][bold]woodsedge[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tammy Flugh[/bold] wrote: He's drinking tea in an inn? What would Nigel Farage say?[/p][/quote]Farage would promise passport control for Portland at the Ferry Bridge if he though it would get him elected![/p][/quote]If it kept DAVID off the ISLAND what a good idea. cosmick

10:17pm Mon 10 Feb 14

woodsedge says...

cosmick wrote:
woodsedge wrote:
Tammy Flugh wrote:
He's drinking tea in an inn? What would Nigel Farage say?
Farage would promise passport control for Portland at the Ferry Bridge if he though it would get him elected!
If it kept DAVID off the ISLAND what a good idea.
Your right, even I would vote UKIP to keep DD on the mainland!
[quote][p][bold]cosmick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]woodsedge[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tammy Flugh[/bold] wrote: He's drinking tea in an inn? What would Nigel Farage say?[/p][/quote]Farage would promise passport control for Portland at the Ferry Bridge if he though it would get him elected![/p][/quote]If it kept DAVID off the ISLAND what a good idea.[/p][/quote]Your right, even I would vote UKIP to keep DD on the mainland! woodsedge

12:44am Tue 11 Feb 14

1Kimberlin says...

cosmick wrote:
woodsedge wrote:
Tammy Flugh wrote:
He's drinking tea in an inn? What would Nigel Farage say?
Farage would promise passport control for Portland at the Ferry Bridge if he though it would get him elected!
If it kept DAVID off the ISLAND what a good idea.
**** GOOD IDEA THAT
[quote][p][bold]cosmick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]woodsedge[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tammy Flugh[/bold] wrote: He's drinking tea in an inn? What would Nigel Farage say?[/p][/quote]Farage would promise passport control for Portland at the Ferry Bridge if he though it would get him elected![/p][/quote]If it kept DAVID off the ISLAND what a good idea.[/p][/quote]**** GOOD IDEA THAT 1Kimberlin

2:58am Tue 11 Feb 14

Dorsetdumpling says...

So, Somerset is drowning under overflowing rivers and septic tanks.
Chesil has a flooded street, and some nice new shiny navy earth moving equipment which arrived a few days ago.
As PM, which one do I visit....hmm...I wonder.....
So, Somerset is drowning under overflowing rivers and septic tanks. Chesil has a flooded street, and some nice new shiny navy earth moving equipment which arrived a few days ago. As PM, which one do I visit....hmm...I wonder..... Dorsetdumpling

7:34am Tue 11 Feb 14

livid99 says...

Toff on beach in hard hat. Good photo op for him, apart from that what is the point of his visit ? To "show he cares" ? If he really cared, he would suspend foreign aid money to India and Pakistan and divert it immediately to those IN HIS OWN COUNTRY who are badly in need of help RIGHT NOW.
Toff on beach in hard hat. Good photo op for him, apart from that what is the point of his visit ? To "show he cares" ? If he really cared, he would suspend foreign aid money to India and Pakistan and divert it immediately to those IN HIS OWN COUNTRY who are badly in need of help RIGHT NOW. livid99

9:30am Tue 11 Feb 14

wykeregislad says...

No one seems to mentioned the armed forces on here, not interested in the PM , we as a armed force are leaned enough, serious lack of man power, we dont strike, constantly away on tours but we will always come and sort the mess out,hundreds of my fellow armed forces personal on standby all across the south.....were not a political pawn we just get on with it, well done the royal engineers and navy
No one seems to mentioned the armed forces on here, not interested in the PM , we as a armed force are leaned enough, serious lack of man power, we dont strike, constantly away on tours but we will always come and sort the mess out,hundreds of my fellow armed forces personal on standby all across the south.....were not a political pawn we just get on with it, well done the royal engineers and navy wykeregislad

9:46am Tue 11 Feb 14

David_divenghy2 says...

livid99 wrote:
Toff on beach in hard hat. Good photo op for him, apart from that what is the point of his visit ? To "show he cares" ? If he really cared, he would suspend foreign aid money to India and Pakistan and divert it immediately to those IN HIS OWN COUNTRY who are badly in need of help RIGHT NOW.
Well Said.
[quote][p][bold]livid99[/bold] wrote: Toff on beach in hard hat. Good photo op for him, apart from that what is the point of his visit ? To "show he cares" ? If he really cared, he would suspend foreign aid money to India and Pakistan and divert it immediately to those IN HIS OWN COUNTRY who are badly in need of help RIGHT NOW.[/p][/quote]Well Said. David_divenghy2

10:19am Tue 11 Feb 14

rjimmer says...

Chesil Beach is gradually moving inland with every big storm. No pebbles that are thrown over the top of the beach ever go back again on their own. There are enough bulldozers, slews and earth-moving equipment in the area to push the beach, at the Portland end, back out to sea for 1-200 yards so that it takes another few hundred years to come back again. Just get it high enough! As the beach is growing all the time, there is plenty of pebbles within easy hauling distance.
Chesil Beach is gradually moving inland with every big storm. No pebbles that are thrown over the top of the beach ever go back again on their own. There are enough bulldozers, slews and earth-moving equipment in the area to push the beach, at the Portland end, back out to sea for 1-200 yards so that it takes another few hundred years to come back again. Just get it high enough! As the beach is growing all the time, there is plenty of pebbles within easy hauling distance. rjimmer

11:36am Tue 11 Feb 14

jjlad2 says...

Dorsetdumpling wrote:
So, Somerset is drowning under overflowing rivers and septic tanks. Chesil has a flooded street, and some nice new shiny navy earth moving equipment which arrived a few days ago. As PM, which one do I visit....hmm...I wonder.....
Cosmic, you keep up with the news dont you. i think you will find he did, Somerset, Dorset and Plymouth in 2 days.........
[quote][p][bold]Dorsetdumpling[/bold] wrote: So, Somerset is drowning under overflowing rivers and septic tanks. Chesil has a flooded street, and some nice new shiny navy earth moving equipment which arrived a few days ago. As PM, which one do I visit....hmm...I wonder.....[/p][/quote]Cosmic, you keep up with the news dont you. i think you will find he did, Somerset, Dorset and Plymouth in 2 days......... jjlad2

11:58am Tue 11 Feb 14

David_divenghy2 says...

livid99 wrote:
Toff on beach in hard hat. Good photo op for him, apart from that what is the point of his visit ? To "show he cares" ? If he really cared, he would suspend foreign aid money to India and Pakistan and divert it immediately to those IN HIS OWN COUNTRY who are badly in need of help RIGHT NOW.
http://www.ukip.org/
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[quote][p][bold]livid99[/bold] wrote: Toff on beach in hard hat. Good photo op for him, apart from that what is the point of his visit ? To "show he cares" ? If he really cared, he would suspend foreign aid money to India and Pakistan and divert it immediately to those IN HIS OWN COUNTRY who are badly in need of help RIGHT NOW.[/p][/quote]http://www.ukip.org/ newsroom/news/1154-f arage-backs-newspape r-petition-on-divert ing-foreign-aid-to-h elping-communities-h it-by-floods-and-sto rms David_divenghy2

12:44pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Rocksalt says...

woodsedge wrote:
David_divenghy2 wrote:
chesilboy wrote:
I was trying to keep things on topic.

I'll bow out and leave you on your soapbox. I have no interest in turning Portland's flood defences into a debate about global politics.
Yeah, because obviously none of this involves money or politics....
David_divenghy2 and UKIP, a match made in heaven!
Mmm. Poor old Nigel works hard to dispel the 'swivel eyed loon' accusations, but he is up against it.
[quote][p][bold]woodsedge[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]David_divenghy2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]chesilboy[/bold] wrote: I was trying to keep things on topic. I'll bow out and leave you on your soapbox. I have no interest in turning Portland's flood defences into a debate about global politics.[/p][/quote]Yeah, because obviously none of this involves money or politics....[/p][/quote]David_divenghy2 and UKIP, a match made in heaven![/p][/quote]Mmm. Poor old Nigel works hard to dispel the 'swivel eyed loon' accusations, but he is up against it. Rocksalt

12:52pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Rocksalt says...

woodsedge wrote:
Getting back on topic, does anyone know if there is actually anything that can be done to repair the natural sea defence that us the bank? So many tons of pebbles have been washed out to sea anything over a westerly force 8 on a spring tide could cause flooding.
If I understand correctly the idea is restore the beach to a gentler slope. Steep slopes mean the waves hit with higher force and cut channels which make it easier for the sea to breach the defences.

At least they haven't given up yet. ( Although they might not bother so much if the Prison and IRC weren't here)
[quote][p][bold]woodsedge[/bold] wrote: Getting back on topic, does anyone know if there is actually anything that can be done to repair the natural sea defence that us the bank? So many tons of pebbles have been washed out to sea anything over a westerly force 8 on a spring tide could cause flooding.[/p][/quote]If I understand correctly the idea is restore the beach to a gentler slope. Steep slopes mean the waves hit with higher force and cut channels which make it easier for the sea to breach the defences. At least they haven't given up yet. ( Although they might not bother so much if the Prison and IRC weren't here) Rocksalt

1:14pm Tue 11 Feb 14

melcombe boy says...

David_divenghy2 wrote:
livid99 wrote:
Toff on beach in hard hat. Good photo op for him, apart from that what is the point of his visit ? To "show he cares" ? If he really cared, he would suspend foreign aid money to India and Pakistan and divert it immediately to those IN HIS OWN COUNTRY who are badly in need of help RIGHT NOW.
http://www.ukip.org/

newsroom/news/1154-f

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Why are you ranting on about politics (Especially a weird and dangerous party that sits as far right as possible). The fact that Cameron visited is immaterial. Quite normal for any in power pm to visit such calamities.
This is a natural disaster and all parties should pull together and forget party politics for a change.
[quote][p][bold]David_divenghy2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]livid99[/bold] wrote: Toff on beach in hard hat. Good photo op for him, apart from that what is the point of his visit ? To "show he cares" ? If he really cared, he would suspend foreign aid money to India and Pakistan and divert it immediately to those IN HIS OWN COUNTRY who are badly in need of help RIGHT NOW.[/p][/quote]http://www.ukip.org/ newsroom/news/1154-f arage-backs-newspape r-petition-on-divert ing-foreign-aid-to-h elping-communities-h it-by-floods-and-sto rms[/p][/quote]Why are you ranting on about politics (Especially a weird and dangerous party that sits as far right as possible). The fact that Cameron visited is immaterial. Quite normal for any in power pm to visit such calamities. This is a natural disaster and all parties should pull together and forget party politics for a change. melcombe boy

1:17pm Tue 11 Feb 14

David_divenghy2 says...

melcombe boy wrote:
David_divenghy2 wrote:
livid99 wrote:
Toff on beach in hard hat. Good photo op for him, apart from that what is the point of his visit ? To "show he cares" ? If he really cared, he would suspend foreign aid money to India and Pakistan and divert it immediately to those IN HIS OWN COUNTRY who are badly in need of help RIGHT NOW.
http://www.ukip.org/


newsroom/news/1154-f


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rms
Why are you ranting on about politics (Especially a weird and dangerous party that sits as far right as possible). The fact that Cameron visited is immaterial. Quite normal for any in power pm to visit such calamities.
This is a natural disaster and all parties should pull together and forget party politics for a change.
Since when is posting a link to inform someone of some information relevant to their comment ranting? Calm down Sir.
[quote][p][bold]melcombe boy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]David_divenghy2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]livid99[/bold] wrote: Toff on beach in hard hat. Good photo op for him, apart from that what is the point of his visit ? To "show he cares" ? If he really cared, he would suspend foreign aid money to India and Pakistan and divert it immediately to those IN HIS OWN COUNTRY who are badly in need of help RIGHT NOW.[/p][/quote]http://www.ukip.org/ newsroom/news/1154-f arage-backs-newspape r-petition-on-divert ing-foreign-aid-to-h elping-communities-h it-by-floods-and-sto rms[/p][/quote]Why are you ranting on about politics (Especially a weird and dangerous party that sits as far right as possible). The fact that Cameron visited is immaterial. Quite normal for any in power pm to visit such calamities. This is a natural disaster and all parties should pull together and forget party politics for a change.[/p][/quote]Since when is posting a link to inform someone of some information relevant to their comment ranting? Calm down Sir. David_divenghy2

1:40pm Tue 11 Feb 14

melcombe boy says...

David_divenghy2 wrote:
melcombe boy wrote:
David_divenghy2 wrote:
livid99 wrote:
Toff on beach in hard hat. Good photo op for him, apart from that what is the point of his visit ? To "show he cares" ? If he really cared, he would suspend foreign aid money to India and Pakistan and divert it immediately to those IN HIS OWN COUNTRY who are badly in need of help RIGHT NOW.
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Why are you ranting on about politics (Especially a weird and dangerous party that sits as far right as possible). The fact that Cameron visited is immaterial. Quite normal for any in power pm to visit such calamities.
This is a natural disaster and all parties should pull together and forget party politics for a change.
Since when is posting a link to inform someone of some information relevant to their comment ranting? Calm down Sir.
I'm not remotely interested in any political message at the moment. it is highly inappropriate and typical of Ukip.
[quote][p][bold]David_divenghy2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]melcombe boy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]David_divenghy2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]livid99[/bold] wrote: Toff on beach in hard hat. Good photo op for him, apart from that what is the point of his visit ? To "show he cares" ? If he really cared, he would suspend foreign aid money to India and Pakistan and divert it immediately to those IN HIS OWN COUNTRY who are badly in need of help RIGHT NOW.[/p][/quote]http://www.ukip.org/ newsroom/news/1154-f arage-backs-newspape r-petition-on-divert ing-foreign-aid-to-h elping-communities-h it-by-floods-and-sto rms[/p][/quote]Why are you ranting on about politics (Especially a weird and dangerous party that sits as far right as possible). The fact that Cameron visited is immaterial. Quite normal for any in power pm to visit such calamities. This is a natural disaster and all parties should pull together and forget party politics for a change.[/p][/quote]Since when is posting a link to inform someone of some information relevant to their comment ranting? Calm down Sir.[/p][/quote]I'm not remotely interested in any political message at the moment. it is highly inappropriate and typical of Ukip. melcombe boy

3:29pm Tue 11 Feb 14

woodsedge says...

melcombe boy wrote:
David_divenghy2 wrote:
melcombe boy wrote:
David_divenghy2 wrote:
livid99 wrote:
Toff on beach in hard hat. Good photo op for him, apart from that what is the point of his visit ? To "show he cares" ? If he really cared, he would suspend foreign aid money to India and Pakistan and divert it immediately to those IN HIS OWN COUNTRY who are badly in need of help RIGHT NOW.
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rms
Why are you ranting on about politics (Especially a weird and dangerous party that sits as far right as possible). The fact that Cameron visited is immaterial. Quite normal for any in power pm to visit such calamities.
This is a natural disaster and all parties should pull together and forget party politics for a change.
Since when is posting a link to inform someone of some information relevant to their comment ranting? Calm down Sir.
I'm not remotely interested in any political message at the moment. it is highly inappropriate and typical of Ukip.
Quite agree with you melcombe boy. Completely the wrong time to be using other peoples misery as an opportunity to post political messages. Just confirms that what has been noted on other threads that DD's moral compass is sadly missing.
[quote][p][bold]melcombe boy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]David_divenghy2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]melcombe boy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]David_divenghy2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]livid99[/bold] wrote: Toff on beach in hard hat. Good photo op for him, apart from that what is the point of his visit ? To "show he cares" ? If he really cared, he would suspend foreign aid money to India and Pakistan and divert it immediately to those IN HIS OWN COUNTRY who are badly in need of help RIGHT NOW.[/p][/quote]http://www.ukip.org/ newsroom/news/1154-f arage-backs-newspape r-petition-on-divert ing-foreign-aid-to-h elping-communities-h it-by-floods-and-sto rms[/p][/quote]Why are you ranting on about politics (Especially a weird and dangerous party that sits as far right as possible). The fact that Cameron visited is immaterial. Quite normal for any in power pm to visit such calamities. This is a natural disaster and all parties should pull together and forget party politics for a change.[/p][/quote]Since when is posting a link to inform someone of some information relevant to their comment ranting? Calm down Sir.[/p][/quote]I'm not remotely interested in any political message at the moment. it is highly inappropriate and typical of Ukip.[/p][/quote]Quite agree with you melcombe boy. Completely the wrong time to be using other peoples misery as an opportunity to post political messages. Just confirms that what has been noted on other threads that DD's moral compass is sadly missing. woodsedge

3:55pm Tue 11 Feb 14

s.bernett says...

David_divenghy2 wrote:
livid99 wrote:
Toff on beach in hard hat. Good photo op for him, apart from that what is the point of his visit ? To "show he cares" ? If he really cared, he would suspend foreign aid money to India and Pakistan and divert it immediately to those IN HIS OWN COUNTRY who are badly in need of help RIGHT NOW.
http://www.ukip.org/

newsroom/news/1154-f

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rms
I had noticed he was the only one thinking of his own. They have my vote.
[quote][p][bold]David_divenghy2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]livid99[/bold] wrote: Toff on beach in hard hat. Good photo op for him, apart from that what is the point of his visit ? To "show he cares" ? If he really cared, he would suspend foreign aid money to India and Pakistan and divert it immediately to those IN HIS OWN COUNTRY who are badly in need of help RIGHT NOW.[/p][/quote]http://www.ukip.org/ newsroom/news/1154-f arage-backs-newspape r-petition-on-divert ing-foreign-aid-to-h elping-communities-h it-by-floods-and-sto rms[/p][/quote]I had noticed he was the only one thinking of his own. They have my vote. s.bernett

4:04pm Tue 11 Feb 14

s.bernett says...

melcombe boy wrote:
David_divenghy2 wrote:
melcombe boy wrote:
David_divenghy2 wrote:
livid99 wrote:
Toff on beach in hard hat. Good photo op for him, apart from that what is the point of his visit ? To "show he cares" ? If he really cared, he would suspend foreign aid money to India and Pakistan and divert it immediately to those IN HIS OWN COUNTRY who are badly in need of help RIGHT NOW.
http://www.ukip.org/




newsroom/news/1154-f




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rms
Why are you ranting on about politics (Especially a weird and dangerous party that sits as far right as possible). The fact that Cameron visited is immaterial. Quite normal for any in power pm to visit such calamities.
This is a natural disaster and all parties should pull together and forget party politics for a change.
Since when is posting a link to inform someone of some information relevant to their comment ranting? Calm down Sir.
I'm not remotely interested in any political message at the moment. it is highly inappropriate and typical of Ukip.
You would have noticed of course, that it wasn't even posted in reply to you, you decided to pick it out for the sake of ranting and made yourself look hypocritical and bigoted.
[quote][p][bold]melcombe boy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]David_divenghy2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]melcombe boy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]David_divenghy2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]livid99[/bold] wrote: Toff on beach in hard hat. Good photo op for him, apart from that what is the point of his visit ? To "show he cares" ? If he really cared, he would suspend foreign aid money to India and Pakistan and divert it immediately to those IN HIS OWN COUNTRY who are badly in need of help RIGHT NOW.[/p][/quote]http://www.ukip.org/ newsroom/news/1154-f arage-backs-newspape r-petition-on-divert ing-foreign-aid-to-h elping-communities-h it-by-floods-and-sto rms[/p][/quote]Why are you ranting on about politics (Especially a weird and dangerous party that sits as far right as possible). The fact that Cameron visited is immaterial. Quite normal for any in power pm to visit such calamities. This is a natural disaster and all parties should pull together and forget party politics for a change.[/p][/quote]Since when is posting a link to inform someone of some information relevant to their comment ranting? Calm down Sir.[/p][/quote]I'm not remotely interested in any political message at the moment. it is highly inappropriate and typical of Ukip.[/p][/quote]You would have noticed of course, that it wasn't even posted in reply to you, you decided to pick it out for the sake of ranting and made yourself look hypocritical and bigoted. s.bernett

6:12pm Tue 11 Feb 14

paul.p says...

Shame I missed the opportunity to meet the 'nice' Dictator....no apologies as that's the way 'I' see it.

Best thing he can do is get back to number 10 and start employing people who actually have the experience to deal with situations such as this country's going through and not like that pathetic Lord who wouldn't know what a Water Vole was if you slapped him in the face with it!

In this together.... 2 words....
Shame I missed the opportunity to meet the 'nice' Dictator....no apologies as that's the way 'I' see it. Best thing he can do is get back to number 10 and start employing people who actually have the experience to deal with situations such as this country's going through and not like that pathetic Lord who wouldn't know what a Water Vole was if you slapped him in the face with it! In this together.... 2 words.... paul.p

10:06am Wed 12 Feb 14

melcombe boy says...

s.bernett wrote:
melcombe boy wrote:
David_divenghy2 wrote:
melcombe boy wrote:
David_divenghy2 wrote:
livid99 wrote:
Toff on beach in hard hat. Good photo op for him, apart from that what is the point of his visit ? To "show he cares" ? If he really cared, he would suspend foreign aid money to India and Pakistan and divert it immediately to those IN HIS OWN COUNTRY who are badly in need of help RIGHT NOW.
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rms
Why are you ranting on about politics (Especially a weird and dangerous party that sits as far right as possible). The fact that Cameron visited is immaterial. Quite normal for any in power pm to visit such calamities.
This is a natural disaster and all parties should pull together and forget party politics for a change.
Since when is posting a link to inform someone of some information relevant to their comment ranting? Calm down Sir.
I'm not remotely interested in any political message at the moment. it is highly inappropriate and typical of Ukip.
You would have noticed of course, that it wasn't even posted in reply to you, you decided to pick it out for the sake of ranting and made yourself look hypocritical and bigoted.
if people only replied to personal posts then it would not be much of a comment thread would it?
Help and support is needed. Not a cheap shot for political gain. There is a time and a place for preaching party politics and it is definitely not during a National calamity. Help those hurt by this event and talk about votes later!
A Ukip sympathiser calling me hypocritical and bigoted. How strange.
[quote][p][bold]s.bernett[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]melcombe boy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]David_divenghy2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]melcombe boy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]David_divenghy2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]livid99[/bold] wrote: Toff on beach in hard hat. Good photo op for him, apart from that what is the point of his visit ? To "show he cares" ? If he really cared, he would suspend foreign aid money to India and Pakistan and divert it immediately to those IN HIS OWN COUNTRY who are badly in need of help RIGHT NOW.[/p][/quote]http://www.ukip.org/ newsroom/news/1154-f arage-backs-newspape r-petition-on-divert ing-foreign-aid-to-h elping-communities-h it-by-floods-and-sto rms[/p][/quote]Why are you ranting on about politics (Especially a weird and dangerous party that sits as far right as possible). The fact that Cameron visited is immaterial. Quite normal for any in power pm to visit such calamities. This is a natural disaster and all parties should pull together and forget party politics for a change.[/p][/quote]Since when is posting a link to inform someone of some information relevant to their comment ranting? Calm down Sir.[/p][/quote]I'm not remotely interested in any political message at the moment. it is highly inappropriate and typical of Ukip.[/p][/quote]You would have noticed of course, that it wasn't even posted in reply to you, you decided to pick it out for the sake of ranting and made yourself look hypocritical and bigoted.[/p][/quote]if people only replied to personal posts then it would not be much of a comment thread would it? Help and support is needed. Not a cheap shot for political gain. There is a time and a place for preaching party politics and it is definitely not during a National calamity. Help those hurt by this event and talk about votes later! A Ukip sympathiser calling me hypocritical and bigoted. How strange. melcombe boy

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