Editor’s comment: Again we all grind to a halt in the snow

PUBLISHED: 08:00 03 March 2018

Recorder readers have been sending in snowy snapshots from across Havering. Photo: Rosemary Edwards

Recorder readers have been sending in snowy snapshots from across Havering. Photo: Rosemary Edwards


No matter what else was going on in the country this week, the weather was always going to be the only talking point.

Although compared to countries like Scandinavia, Russia and Canada, our snowfall was barely worth the name, it was a big deal in Havering.

We don’t generally get much snow and if we do, it normally appears overnight and disappears during that day.

But whenever we do have some snow, we all have the same discussions – why do a few flakes bring us to a standstill when other countries manage to carry on under several feet of snow.

Some years ago I went to Moscow in February. It was -15 and if you stepped off the paths, the snow was thigh-deep.

But life carried on.

The difficulty for Britain is that because snow is relatively rare we feel investment in the infrastructure needed to cope would be a waste of money.

The fact that the snow has hung around for several days this week has brought our public transport system almost to a standstill.

And while children are delighted if their school is closed, that just creates more problems for parents – particularly if the school opens in the morning and then the headteacher decides to close early.

Surely schools in Canada and Russia don’t close when it snows.

Surely their office workers don’t need to be sent home early.

On Wednesday, my short journey from home to work took more than twice the normal time because the roads were virtually gridlocked.

The surfaces had been gritted and were clear so I’m not sure if people had forgotten how to drive when it might be slightly icy or whether the announcements that people should only travel if they had to lulled drivers into a false sense of security thinking the roads would be clear for their own trip.

We really need to learn how to deal with the weather – don’t let snow stop us, and stop complaining about the heat in the height of summer.

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