The chairman of the environment agency Lord Smith (I've got no common sense smith!) suggested houses in flood prone areas be built on floats (that would be a boat then) to make them safe from flooding. It obviously hasn't occurred to him that houses have things like plumbing, electric, toilets etc, not impossible on floats but much more complicated and expensive. It's also a hell of a lot more expensive to build a proper house capable of floating properly, and more importantly safely. Far far cheaper to dredge the rivers that caused a lot of the recent flooding problems.
Frankly after the recent flooding I think Lord Smiths comments show just how out of touch with reality he is, it makes me wonder if he's really the sort of person we want as chairman of the environment agency.
Lets face it instead of apologising for the problems he's pretty much saying it's the house holders fault for not buying floating houses, sadly a lot of those flooded didn't realise they needed a floating house till the rivers silted up because the rivers were not maintained.