Earlier this week, Stephen Gilbert MP threw a lifebelt to a woman floating past the House of Commons. It is worth remembering that Stephen is MP for one of only a few UK constituencies with two coasts and that he was born and brought up by the coast.
Due to the omnipresence of water, Cornish children tend to learn to swim very early and get a lot of practice. Awareness of the danger of drowning comes early. In my home town, there’s a river, a canal and the roaring, unpredictable Atlantic. So if you don’t learn to swim quick, you could have a short life.
So the woman who floated past the Commons was lucky there was a Cornish boy with his eye on the river. Not every MP enjoying a tipple would have reacted so quickly.
Photo by UK Youth Climate Coalition