Instead of playing war games in bunkers why not prepare the country for cold weather? | Kevin McKenna

Instead of playing war games in bunkers why not prepare the country for cold weather? | Kevin McKenna

‘The beast from the east’ shows yet again why rail companies must invest profits in better infrastructure

My own encounter with “the beast from the east” was probably typical of a certain species of Glaswegian male. On discovering that my car was encased in a metre-thick jacket of snow, I suddenly discovered an inner sense of boundless optimism. Curiously, this golden thread of the soul rarely occurs on any other occasions, even at those times when the circumstances might permit you to exhibit a sunny disposition.

Authentic outdoor types would have concluded after a few seconds that no good would come of trying to shift the car in the forlorn hope that, once it reached the main road, it would be plain sailing. Yet, overcome by a wave of can-do fervour, I set myself the task of removing the packed snow from around the wheels. A spade would have helped but as I’m never in need of such a tool most other years, I’ve always postponed the purchase of one. Nevertheless I had a decent pair of woollen gloves, a coat and a plastic tray for digging.

Weather warnings went all the way through yellow and amber to red, the Defcon 1 of climate alerts

Related: Heavy snow traps hundreds overnight on M80 in Scotland

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Source: Guardian Transport

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