Says Martin Wainwright:
The coverage of the floods has been extraordinarily lopsided; the northern catastrophe fighting for each inch or minute of attention four weeks ago, while the current disaster swamps every page and bulletin, quite apart from the unfortunate victims' homes.
In addition to which seven people died in the northern floods.
There obviously was extensive coverage of the first wave of flooding in the North. But there’s been intensive coverage of the southern floods, which seemed to hit media London where it lives, at least at the weekend. I saw Peter Sissons on the BBC on Saturday claiming to a surprised on scene reporter that Gordon Brown wouldn’t do anything about the latest flooding because it took place in “middle England”.
That liberal media, eh? But this was the kind of bias revealed by a man not too far away from panic, betrayed by the heavens even. This is Tewkesbury – nothing is supposed to happen here. There’ll be a hail of frogs next.