The UK is notoriously unprepared for wintry conditions. Yesterday the Neue Zuricher Zeitung was poking fun at the British transport secretary who in a parliamentary debate stated that winter tyres would damage the roads and wear out too quickly. Likewise, the problems at Heathrow airport were attributed to British lack of investment in snow ploughs, etc.
However, countries with more experience and investment were not immune to these problems, as witnessed in Germany where trains and cars were stuck in the snow, and Frankfurt airport closed for hours. Meanwhile, the British Transport secretary has asked his chief scientific advisor if more harsh winters are to be expected. How should he reply?