Returning to the more wholesome realms of conventional farming, “rural insurer” NFU Mutual’s infinitely precise research bods have calculated that the recent “winter weather” (by which one assumes they mean snow ‚ since, however else one might wish to characterise the weather in January and February, it is, by definition, winter weather) has led to “a 50% increase in insurance claims.”

NFU estimates that “2500 more motor claims will be made this winter compared with 2008,” (this figure denotes a year presumably, rather than a total on motor insurance claims) “largely involving cars, tractors and commercial vehicles that have skidded off the road, or crashed due to snow and ice.”

Apparently, there may also be some burst pipes. Who would have thought it? Perhaps they could issue another press release saying something similar next year…


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