The Eastern Daily Press reports that government spending on flood defences in Norfolk is to be cut by £20 million.
It is interesting that this is happening the week after some of the most serious flooding seen in this country for many years.
Luckily on this occasion Norfolk escaped the worst of the rain, but Norfolk's flood protection has never really been a case of protecting the County from rain. Norfolk's problem is the sea.
Norfolk is not as flat as people say, but inland from parts of north Norfolk, the county forms a series of large dips and natural lowlands which would, if the sea broke through in North Norfolk, sea several thousands acres, several villages and a number of towns fully submerged under several metres of sea water, rendering the land useless for farming and the houses uninhabitable (salt water rots things very fast).
So with the government already getting it in the ear for abandoning the people of Hull after the floods there, they seems to have pre-emptively abandoned Norfolk in advance.