Yes, the snow is causing a bit of chaos in Dorchester, but how about praise where praise is due?
By alfiebass | Thursday, December 23, 2010, 10:07
As the pavements in Dorchester continue to be lethal and side roads treacherous today, there are calls for more gritters.
The local media reports 'anger' that the county council isn't doing enough to sort out the 'snow chaos'.
The Highways Agency is responsible for the A35, the main artery that runs through Dorset, and the county council is responsible for the rest - all 2,500 miles of it, so some bits have to be left out.
But you'd think all this bad weather is actually the county council's fault. The way the papers report it, it's as if the chief executive is sitting on a cloud chucking down the snow while the gritting crews are sitting around doing nothing apart from saying: 'I'd be careful on that ice if I were you, love.'
These people are working really hard - but where are the vox pops with them? Where are the stories about people battling into work to man vital services? Where are the stories about communities rallying round and looking after neighbours?
The snow chaos story is easy - and lazy.
Pub talk is: "Why can't we be more like other countries and geared up for it?"
And the press - both local and national- repeat the ill-informed mantra, without actually thinking it through.
All we get is one long whinge. It's more boring than the snow.
It's extreme weather, for goodness sake, of course we're not geared up for it. If we want all the roads gritted, then we will just have to pay more through our council tax for more equipment, staff and grit.
I read a great blog post about this just the other day - what do you think?