Re: Scum always rises to the surface...
It's times like these when the true range of people's behaviours are encountered and we realise that the veneer of civilisation is very thin.
On the one hand there have been some people who have stayed in the floods at some risk to their health and safety, in order to help move others' property, feed those who don't want to leave etc. Then at the other end are those mentioned in this thread, some as seen on TV yesterday.
Although not connected with this thread directly, I think we need to remember this kind of behaviour when we make judgements about other countries and the conduct of their inhabitants.