As another month kicks off today, most of us in the UK wonder if Summer will ever truly arrive in 2012. British weather may be renowned for its unpredictability but this year it has exceeded expectations. Official figures, still to be confirmed, show that last month was the coldest since 1991, the wettest since 1860 and the dullest since 1909.
2007 was previously recorded as the wettest June in the UK. That year many UK homes and businesses were flooded. No doubt that flooding record has been exceeded this year as flood warnings continue across the UK. Only last week one town appeared covered in snow after a hailstorm dropped hail the size of golf balls. During the same week though two days saw hot, humid temperatures which drained workers.
The UK is not alone with its wonky weather this year though. Across the Pond North America and the USA have experienced strange weather patterns, and across the globe each country has faced weather challenges. Global warming, climate change or simply the Earth's natural changes could all be responsible but it is hard to prove. There is no doubting that mankind is not a responsible occupant of planet earth. Scenes almost reminiscent of the movie The Day After Tomorrow should be seen as a warning. In real life it is doubtful that a happy ever after would be the outcome.
Corruption and welfare reform have dominated UK home front news.
Banking sleaze means that few people in the UK would respect their banker. In the past this official was a person who had authority and some respect. These days it is an occupation that is a four letter word, The Tory party of the UK coalition is hell bent on welfare reform. Their focus is easy to explain. Whilst the ordinary man and woman bicker against each other they leave the true spongers alone. The hierarchy of UK society are left to prosper and abuse the system.
Reform of the House of Lords is being given lip service by the Coalition but Cameron may not be as keen on this as Nick Clegg. For Mr Clegg it is part of fulfilling the Lib Dem election mandate. The Lib Dems and the Tories are now looking towards the parting of their ways following the next election. It will soon be every politician for him or herself.
Further afield Syria and an EU referendum appear to be the current Coalition focus.
A summit in Geneva left out relevant countries for obvious reasons. This however may mean that a resolution on Syria will prove difficult to implement or uphold. Hilary Clinton for the US is adamant that Assad must go. Will that leave another destabilised Middle Eastern country?
The Tories know that many UK citizens want out of the EU. At the very least most want a renegotiated deal. As part of the future election campaign Tory ministers are considering a referendum. It will however not be a simple in or out decision but rather a means of the terms of our membership.
In reality then this, as well as welfare reform, is simply the start of electioneering for the next general election.
July looks set to throw a range of weather at us, probably enough to cover all seasons. Enjoy those glorious sunny days if and when they arrive. If nothing else the weather will be a conversation piece.
Tags: UK weekly news wrap, Syria, EU referendum, UK electioneering, UK Coalition, UK flash flooding, wonky weather, official UK weather statistics
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