So those casual decisions to allow building on flood plains are going to look worse and worse. We'll have to expect more spending on flood works, and more home insurance problems.
If one is absolutely certain that one will never join the eurozone, there really is not much of a point to being a member of the EU.
If Cameron's approach was to trust the people, we would be trusted with projections of Romanian and Bulgarian immigrant numbers when restrictions come off in 2013. But the coalition are desperate to keep the numbers from us - and even from local authorities who will have to cater for them. The government's claim is that they aren't sure the projections are reliable. This means they have a policy with no idea of what the outcomes might be - which is probably true. They are even resorting to advertising reminding would-be immigrants how bad our weather is. If Prof Lane is right about rain and flooding, maybe that campaign deserves to succeed.
Fraser is probably trying to cajole Cameron into a consistency of approach which might win him votes. But I think Cameron's too lazy to be interested. He prefers to skip from ad hoc to ad hoc, while the able among his ministers do the heavy lifting.