Where on the spectrum from tragedy to farce are we when we see the same images of upturned cars floating in floodwaters, of desperate people awaiting rescue on rooftops, in so many cities around the world?
Comment: In 1936, as Hitler's Germany geared up for war, Winston Churchill railed against the comparatively poor state of the British military.
"The era of procrastination, of half measures, of soothing and baffling expedients, of delays, is coming to its close. In its place, we are entering a period of consequences," he said in a fiery speech in Parliament.
Of course, at this time, Europe was not yet on the eve of war. Still, Churchill had the foresight to warn against what was to come.
James Shaw invoked that same phrase in Parliament on Tuesday, describing the devastating Cyclone Gabrielle as "an even more significant challenge" than the Auckland floods, which were themselves at the time "our worst climate-related disaster in this country".
Link to article: 'We are entering a period of consequences' (msn.com)