Paying tribute to the emergency services
Politicians have been paying tribute to the emergency services today for their work in the floods in Cumbria.
It's what politicians do in such circumstances, but don't let cynicism creep in.
I am reminded of the aftermath of the derailment I was involved in at Chilham this summer.
After the train had come to a halt we all sat there and waited for something to happen.
For several minutes nothing did, then a convoy of flashing blue lights appeared in the darkness a couple of fields away.
Suddenly there was a wonderfully reassuring sense that other people knew about our predicament and someone was in charge.
Fire services in particular are being cut across the country, yet any one of us could need them tomorrow.