Conservatives have become a one-trick pony. They're all about austerity; code for cutting spending and lowering taxes (for some). And Conservatives are very, very good at distancing their austerity campaigns from the usually undesirable consequences that result.
Britain's Cameron Conservative government has been gung-ho on austerity, especially austerity for the poor and working classes. The government has also taken an axe to infrastructure programmes. Among the programmes defunded in the name of austerity were some 300-flood defence projects shelved over the past year.
Now the British people are paying the price of David Cameron's piper as flood waters inundate great swathes of the countryside.
Thousands of homes have flooded in recent weeks, causing hundreds of millions of pounds of damage. But in some of places overwhelmed by the deluge, flood defences that might have protected against rising waters and were in line for funding in 2010 were never begun, including at Croston in Lancashire and Kendal in Cumbria.
"The government is wringing its hands while the waters rise," said Charles Tucker, chairman of the National Flood Forum, which represents 150 community flood action groups. "The fact is that spending has decreased while flooding has increased."