Nice try in your anti Angling Trust vendetta, Barry, but it doesn't wash.
See for instance this follow up news story on the BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-26113889.
I suggest you read the whole article but here's a quote from it:
"A spokesman for the water engineers' professional body CIWEM said Mr Pickles was talking "absolute tosh".
CIWEM said the Environment Agency had a statutory responsibility to protect life before property and property before farmland - this was not Lord Smith's choice.
The spokesman said the real problem was that the government had failed to back the agency's spending plans to combat the effects of climate change, and had left the agency short of half a billion pounds for its long-term flood plans.
Richard Ashley, professor of water management at Sheffield University, said Mr Pickles' comments were "ignorant and out of order".
"It absolutely beggars belief," he told BBC News. "He hasn't got a clue what he's talking about.""
This is purely the government trying to shift blame and buy votes. It's trying to find a scapegoat, and the head of the EA has had his head put in a noose.
The problem hasn't been caused by this Coalition administration though. The bad decisions go back many years and cover both Labour and Conservative governments.
Here's a link to an easy to understand presentation as to why dredging will make little difference: http://www.bidfordon...redgingpres.pdf.