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LIVE 24-SEVEN


sanctuary in part of the rural Don River area should take a long hard look at the consequence of their ‘Nature beats Man’ action.


Part of the natural drainage system is blocked off and obstructed to create a place for birds and other wildlife, but when the rains come and the tributaries swell, the water has nowhere to go before it hits the Don, which consequently rises more quickly and in greater volume. An interesting species of duck may be having a great time and some middle-class member of the Green Party may feel sanctimoniously fulfilled, but a small business- woman who has just lost her livelihood and home probably won’t feel the same!


The billions of pounds spent on flood defences gave priority to areas where the most people would benefit – urban conurbations. The spending logic seems spot on, but an unintended consequence is that a lot of the raging torrent merely gets shifted downstream, picking up speed and debris as it goes. It then meets a rural area with far fewer people (and thus under-invested flood defences) and devastation!


We all have PhDs in hindsight. “If only...” is a much- used phrase, but a little more attention paid at the time to what may be the unintended consequence of our actions may just give us the result we actually wish for.


Fill in all the squares in the grid so that every row, every column and each of the nine squares contain all the numbers 1-9!


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Lord Digby Jones of Birmingham KB


Lord Digby Jones is former Director-General of the CBI & UK Trade Minister; a non-aligned, Crossbench Member of the House of Lords & a Businessman (chairing six companies), author & broadcaster. He works closely with Cancer, Military & Educational Charities.


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