The devastation that the rains have wreaked on our neighbours in Cockermouth and Workington seems to be being met by The Great British Public with something approaching apathy.
Whenever there is a natural disaster in the Third World, the BBC can't get Huw Edwards or George Alagiah on the spot quickly enough, and Oxfam has got the disaster appeal going while the bodies are still warm. The Cumbrian floods have been a natural disaster by any definition - on last night's 'Ten o' Clock News', I saw a lady named Shelley Doyle, the mother of a nine day old boy, explain that she has been told that she will be unable to return home for six months. Ms. Doyle has become a displaced person, a refugee in our midst. Where are the public appeals to help her?
Last night, it occurred to me that it would be a very good and nice thing if the British blogosphere could do its bit for these folk - something like 'A Cumbrian Christmas', a bit of seasonal goodwill to ensure that the weans get toys, and that everyone gets a slap up feed with plenty of leftovers. Would anyone out there be in the least bit interested in putting differences of ideology, and historic, purposeless personality clashes, to one side for a month and helping?