Outspoken columnist Richard Littlejohn has lamented the response of Britain's political elite to the floods in the north of England, describing their actions as a "betrayal of the sodden masses".
In a sign that fallout from the apparent lack of preparedness in the wake of the Boxing Day deluge continues a pace, Littlejohn used his Daily Mail column on Tuesday to criticise David Cameron, the Environment Agency, and former Labour minister John Prescott.
He wrote: "Political posturing always comes first."
In his column, Littlejohn labelled The Environment Agency "a dysfunctional bureaucracy, staffed by green zealots in Birkenstock sandals" after it apparently failed to anticipate defences may suffer electrical failures during floods.
He went on to slam John Prescott as "one of the stupidest men ever to achieve high office" following his oversight of reduced restrictions for dwellings on flood plains.
Littlejohn then criticised the Prime Minister for perpetuating the idea that climate change has caused the inclement weather, writing: "Cameron himself has given credence to the notion that the floods are all down to man-made global warming."
As thousands begin to count the cost of damage to homes and businesses across Lancashire and Yorkshire, Littlejohn wrote those affected "have every right to be livid" by the development of housing on flood plains.
He wrote: "And why are we putting up houses in such unsuitable locations? Because of the population explosion fuelled by mass immigration.
"Another brilliant policy designed to make politicians feel good about themselves, without any attempt to think through the potentially devastating implications."
Yet in denying the role of climate change and in blaming the building of homes on flood plains as being a result of mass immigration, Littlejohn didn't stray too far from his famously divisive brand of political commentary.
Littlejohn's take on the situation has received plenty of support, with even those critical of the columnist apparently supporting his take - up to a point.
The scariest thing about Richard Littlejohn's column is that I actually agreed with him for about six pars - then it went rapidly downhill— Lizzie Dearden (@lizziedearden) December 29, 2015
Richard Littlejohn destroys the political elite. https://t.co/vSgLBc1I9n— Dr. Rebecca Marchant (@Becca_March) December 29, 2015
Richard Littlejohn on the money about the floods. https://t.co/zEvYxrJd5P— Mark Hardisty (@hardistymark) December 29, 2015
Although not everyone agreed.
Littlejohn penned his latest column alongside a quiz entitled "Proud to be British".
The quiz includes 40 questions, all relating to bizarre stories from across the UK in 2015, including "Nazi cows, stripping Ninjas and an MP pretending to be Captain Kirk".
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