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Ministers try to avoid deluge of blame

Issue No. 2391

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Tory ministers and top civil servants have played a dizzying blame game in recent weeks. 

They have tried to distance themselves from each other, then defend each other, in a bid to dodge the worst of the anger.

But some of the right wing media sank somewhat lower in their flood coverage.

Articles in the Daily Mail newspaper attacked the Environment Agency (EA) for wasting money on sponsorship at Birmingham Pride and mugs supporting gay rights charity Stonewall.

It was illustrated with a picture of EA boss Chris Smith—who, they helpfully pointed out, was previously the first openly gay cabinet minister.

And we thought it was just a few Ukip members who blamed homosexuality for the floods.

Right wing politicians and newspapers have lobbied for foreign aid to be diverted towards flood victims in Britain.

This recurring obsession has completely distorted perceptions of what Britain spends on aid. 

A survey has revealed that one in four people thinks it is one of the top three items of government spending.

In fact it accounts for barely 1 percent.

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