After looking at the flooding I was just thinking that there is bound to be a huge hike in house insurance next year, then I remembered that insurance companies usually find a way to weasel out of big claims unless there's likely to be political repercussions.
The UK government marches to the tune of big business (its major party fund donors?).
Seeing as the biggest and baddest of big business are in the financial sector, are we going to see the establishment saying to the victims of the flooding - "It's all your own fault"
After all they got off with the biggest bank robbery in history, so a bit of chicanery here shouldn't present any problem if they can keep the govt onside.
I'm expecting to see a flood of negative PR aimed squarely at the flood affected now.
As an example, think of all the anti Personal Injury PR stuff we see in the press.
The victim or their lawyer gets vilified in the press for the high payout, not the negligent employer or person who caused the injury. The public has has a generally antagonistic attitude to PI lawyers, but the payouts are a result of a court process (or avoiding a court process) in which a judge who is expert in the area and not easily fooled is making the decision. So who benefits from blaming the victim here? The insurance company.
Now, let's look at all those people who live in the flooded areas. How long before the press is claiming it's all their own fault?
If we can get the general public to agree that the flooded people were to blame, then the govt is not likely to intervene if the insurance companies avoid their responsibilities.
The irony is that many of the flood victims are govt supporters and have probably swallowed its campaign against another class of victims - the poor, the disabled, and the weak who are painted as rorting the system instead of being worthy of support.