Wednesday, November 25, 2009

A Cumbrian Christmas

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?

4 Comments:

Blogger James Higham said...

Think I'll post on this one.

25 November, 2009 13:16  
Blogger Martin Meenagh said...

What a good idea

26 November, 2009 18:54  
Blogger Catholic Teuchtar said...

ok. how exactly?

26 November, 2009 20:22  
Blogger Martin said...

Thanks for comments, gents.

CT, I had rather been hoping that what economists call 'spontaneous order' would break out - a blogger with very much better accounting skills than mine would step into the breach to do the books, a more widely read one, or one who has very much better media contacts, could handle MSM, one who works in the public sector could deal with the authroities, etc. I thought that the idea had legs; they turned out to be stumps instead.

27 November, 2009 05:50  

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