There are few childhood rules that continue into grownupness, but ‘don’t shit in the sea’ is definitely one of them. Which is why it’s such a shame that all Brits’ shits diligently done not in the sea seem to end up there regardless.

Perhaps even more dispiritingly, politicians have proven themselves disinclined to do anything, actively voting *against* a thing that would have forced water companies to stop flooding the oceans with our motions.

We role up our sleeves and plunge shoulder deep into the parliamentary u-bend to find out what the blockage seems to be.

Also this week, some unexpected integrity from Boris “Boris Johnson” Johnson, and a, er, concrete example of schadenfreude.

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