A peculiar English drought
Our overseas members may have heard that we are suffering from an extreme drought in England, particularly in the South East. If you are wondering if you should send us emergency supplies, don't bother. In this peculiar English drought it rains heavily every day and we are kept busy mopping up floods, emptying overfull containers and trying to prevent plants from rotting.
The real reason for the problem is that corrupt and inept politicians have forced the construction of huge amounts of extra housing in the region without providing any equivalent extra provision of services. It seems that they expect rainfall to be always above average rather than providing for adequate storage to cover years which are below average which seem to come as a total surprise and shock to them.
Unfortunately this propaganda flood about the 'drought' is only one example of the increasingly 1984 like use of language to mean precisely the opposite of the truth for political reasons.
MSG Bulletin 21. No 2
We are very sorry that the second issue of the Mesemb Study Group for 2006 is extremely late. Various other matters have needed our time and effort and we have not yet been able to complete its layout. However the colour pictures are being printed today and we hope to put the text together this weekend and publish the bulletin sometime next week.