On Tuesday 22nd April a packed Bridgwater Railway Club hosted a very special event. Bridgwater Trades Union Council invited all sections of local communities, including farmers and others affected by the recent floods, to reflect on their experiences and discuss what the future holds.
Unlike some unfortunate and high-profile party-political posturing, including those by the local Bridgwater MP, the wide raging discussion gave ample time and space for Environment Agency workers, firefighters, farmers and flood-affected residents to show their anger at what happened, gratitude for delivered solidarity, and reflect on their own and others' feelings a few months on.
Tam McFarlane of the Fire Brigades Union spoke of the 1,000 Levels’ residents rescued; Kevin Warden-Prospect Union- and others from the EA workers on how they had been physically threatened and spat at, following ignorant politicians attacks on the EA; Theo Simon spoke eloquently and passionately about Somerset’s future in an era of rapid climate change; while Julian Taylor, Bridgwater Labour Councillor, and flooded Fordgate resident, informed, persuaded and moved a rapt audience in equal measure.
It was unanimously agreed to hold another similar retrospect in a few months time: watch out for it!
Certainly an unusual trade union-hosted event, when one conservative Levels farmer was spotted at the bar deep in friendly conversation with a notoriously militant local shop steward!”
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