Year after year, there has been a great flood in Bahrain. I wonder, why Noah hasn’t built his ark!
It seems to happen, even when powers that be order the habitual problem, “to be fixed,” before next year’s flood, now almost a cyclical event!
Always needing extra tanker vehicles, to pump out the water, always reacting, rather than anticipating, the next flooding event!
Yet another committee is assembled to deal with the problem. Yet again, usually involving various participants so the process probably is still ongoing when the next flood period eventuates!
Rather than yet another committee, what’s needed is a “flood Tsar” taking decisions right now, ordering preparations, identifying what needs doing, including basic cleaning of the drainage system, insuring that sand has been removed from all grates and drains, improving drainage pipelines, creating flood barriers, so that houses are no longer flooded, yet again.
Why not get in a Dutch drainage expert adviser, to be the “Flood Tsar”?
Those Duchies, are “World experts on flooding, drainage and damming.” After all it is an existential issue for them, as parts of the Netherlands are permanently below sea level.
And speaking of the Dutch, on the other side of the world, in Australia, once called “new Holland,” a surfeit of democracy, with two “wanna be,” prime ministers, like Father Christmas, and St Nicholas, simply trying to outbid each other in promising voters billions of dollars “in presents.”
Five long weeks of campaigning, (Something, most believe is simply too long) Hundreds of thousands of dollars spent in advertising, probably more on flying, many times, all around the country, both having buses with their names, “buskering” wares and promises to the Australian people, promising billions of dollars to be spent on infrastructure, hospitals, economic advancement, security, healthcare, education, security and keeping our borders safe.
Each outbidding the other.
So I stood in one of the queues, voicing my choices on the ballot papers, who for the Lower Chamber, and the Senate, in our two-tiered parliament.
This at a time when people have generally had “a gut-full of politicians,” particularly after the ruling Liberal-National coalition have had three leaders in the space of six months
As a political junkie I sat up until midnight, seeing”Winners and losers” in this democratic adventure!
It gradually became apparent, that the Liberal-National (Rural vote) coalition government of Prime Minister Morrison had won, and that the Labour Party of Bill Shorten had lost, rather badly. Seats they had hoped to win not materialising, When initially the polls had indicated for months that Labour would win by a narrow margin.
The biggest lesson, with the surprise win, was that the polls had got it “so wrong, “
As the Prime Minister concluded, he believed in miracles!
He got that right, the leader of the opposition immediately resigned.
Former prime minister Tony Abbott was defeated, but former minister Peter Dutton, “instrumental in preventing refugee boats” coming to Australia, won.
Democracy has triumphed?