So the show is over and Ophelia has left the building.
I’m still astounded that we never lost power which is usually the first thing to go. It must be because I went to the trouble of digging out the old camping stove and setting it up on the kitchen table. Strangely enough, the one after effect is that we have no water today. I can manage without that for a while, provided I have enough to make my mug of tea.
One of the main talking points yesterday and today is the actions of some people around our coasts. The one message that filled the air yesterday was to stay indoors. In particular, people were urged to stay well away from the coast and cliffs which was sensible enough. However there were many reports of people going swimming at the height of the storm. Photographs were shown of people walking out on piers and jetties trying to get that all important “selfie” to stick on the all important Farcebook. .
Herself tells me that the radio today is full of calls about these idiots. They quite rightly are making the point that every rescue puts the rescuer’s life at risk. Everyone is screaming the inevitable – Something Must Be done. Naturally a couple of our illustrious leaders want to criminalise the act of “endangering rescue personnel” or some such crap, with consequent fines. What is rather worrying is that in a poll, 90% of people think that here should be “criminal proceedings” or a fine.
Gubmint method: Every problem can be solved with a tax or fine [and they seem to have convinced the sheeple as well].
I completely disagree. People who go swimming, kite surfing or canoeing at the height of a storm are putting their lives at risk, and consequently risking the lives of any would be rescuer. The solution is blindingly simple – don’t rescue them. If they get into trouble then that is their own stupid fucking fault. Let them drown. When a Code Red wind warning has been declared, that should mean that all air-sea rescue service will be available only to craft with more than one occupant such as fishing vessels or other vessels which may have been at sea when the storm hit.
I’m sure the rescue services would be happy with that.
And it would remove a lot of stupidity from the gene-pool.