Heavy rain across the North of England over the festive period had a devastating impact on families, as their homes became flooded and it’s fair to say Tory’s back in Westminster have been slated for their lack of investment or general response to their plight.
But it seems they have pissed off northerners even more, after Conservative ministers arrived for a meeting with locals in Cumbria 20 minutes late on the wrong side of a bridge that collapsed a month ago, The Independent reported.
In something pretty reminiscent to an episode of political comedy The Thick of It, members from two government departments had to make a 20-mile round journey after allegedly finding themselves stranded. Awkward.
Floods Minister Rory Stewart, along with Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin and a ridiculously large entourage had been due to meet residents of Soulby and Pooley Bridge to hold talks about how they would rebuild the community in the aftermath of recent floods.
Thank you to everyone yesterday in Pooley Bridge, Howton, Eamont Brg, Warwick Brg, Crosby, Rickerby – partic thanks to BT around Ullswater
— Rory Stewart (@RoryStewartUK) December 12, 2015
@RoryStewartUK I'm sure turning up on the wrong side of that collapsed bridge reassured Cumbrian residents no-end.
— Dan Holliday (@ComradeD87) January 4, 2016
However, the group seemed to find themselves on the wrong side of River Eamont and faced the grim ultimatum of either trying to swim across or make an embarassing call for help.
Not too surprisingly they opted for the latter and made frantic calls to arrange an alternative. I guess they weren’t too keen on ruining their suits…
Pooley Bridge collapsed last month on December 6 and it seems local MP Rory Stewart had no excuses as he had at least visited the bridge at least once since it came down.
A spokeswoman for the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, however, made light of the claims and said they always planned to visit the other side of the bridge first to check the extent of the damage.
Sorry guys, I don’t believe that for a second.